Trauma Research in Tanzania Leads to Improved Access to Care

Dr. Catherine Staton, an associate professor of surgery and global health and an HYC affiliate faculty member, supervised research at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi, Tanzania that explored injuries, trauma, and access to care. She and her team found many reasons, such as a misunderstanding of doctors’ orders, lack of transportation, or lack of childcare, that often kept patients from coming in for care following a traumatic injury. As a result, those patients tend to suffer more physically and financially from the lack of access to care.

To respond to this unmet need, the Trauma Research Capacity Building in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, or TRECK, Program was created to train post-graduate students on how to improve care for trauma patients across sub-Sarharan Africa. This work was published in PLOS Global Public Health in June 2022.

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