Support Our Work
Become a part of the team to help save lives.

Our vision is to increase access to quality emergency, critical and operative care for those who need it most around the world. To realize this vision, we are continuously seeking help from donors large and small. 

Emergency and Trauma Care Saves Lives

Strengthening emergency care, critical care and operative care systems is key to saving lives. Significant numbers of lives can be saved with only a small amount of infrastructure support. 

With larger donations to purchase durable supplies and establish business infrastructure, low- and middle-income countries can start to approach the mortality rates we take for granted in high-income countries. 

While WHO represents 194 member states, its entire operating budget is tiny—less than the amount that UCSF alone has for patient care and training our students. To help WHO accomplish its work, we need your support. No gift is too small (or too large!) to help save lives.

Your Donations in Action

Examples of opportunities to support our work. Your donations make a tangible difference.


$20 – $1,000

No donation is too small: your contribution can help print a BEC manual, provide a BEC instructor for a day, or train an instructor-candidate for the BEC course. Or it could help provide triage training at a facility or print all the manuals needed for a full BEC course.

$1,000 – $5,000

With a little more, we can do a little more, including implementing standardized charts at a facility, or delivering a BEC course with ministry support.

$5,000 – up!

Your donation of $5,000 or more helps us to evaluate the WHO Emergency Care Checklist, implement the toolkit and map outcomes for two years in Uganda or Tanzania, provide UCSF faculty support to WHO and help oversee projects, or implement an emergency medicine residency where appropriate.

These estimates are based on program objectives, but our activities are driven by needs identified by local stakeholders. However, for donors who would like to fund a specific activity, every effort will be made to find a country that needs and has prioritized that intervention and is able to implement the activity. If none of our partners are in a position to work on the suggested topic, a list of country priorities that are similar or are the immediate first steps leading to the desired project will be presented to the potential donor for consideration. Of note, unrestricted gifts allow us to best serve our in-country stakeholders as we can then work with them to identify gaps in their emergency care system and prioritize their efforts to fill those gaps. 

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Money that Matters: One-time & Monthly Donations

Opportunities to support our work with one-off or regular monthly donations include:

Support for Implementation Projects 

We have helped to develop the WHO BEC course to teach basic care principles to all levels of providers. We are working to develop new training tools to accompany these courses and improve knowledge retention that will be free, open-source and available to all.

We are also working on tools to help policy makers evaluate their systems and evaluate how they can improve the delivery of quality healthcare when their people need it most.

Our work is predicated on improving the care for acute conditions, but little is known about these conditions in low-resource settings. We know that some treatments considered fundamental in high-resource settings can actually harm people in low resource settings. We are working to better understand those conditions and how to manage them across the globe.

Another component of our work is thoughtful monitoring and evaluation to ensure that we only expend energy and resources implementing programs that actually work.

Support for Research

Research support will provide a stable base of funding for a program manager to support our research on the ground, analyze results, provide administrative support and apply for further funding.

Faculty support will allow our team to increase the amount of time they can dedicate to on-ground training, program implementation and evaluation, and support for local personnel in low-resource settings.

Support a Course

An estimated 54 percent of deaths in low- and middle-income countries could be addressed with a strong pre-hospital and emergency care system. But many people in these countries do not have access to high-quality emergency medical care, largely because workers in healthcare facilities often lack training in the management of emergency conditions.

We’re looking to address this head on in Tanzania, where your donation will help provide vital, life-saving training to healthcare workers through the WHO Basic Emergency Care Course.

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