What Does GECS Do?

An Overview of GECS Courses

Global Emergency Care Skills (GECS) is a non-profit voluntary organisation founded in 2008 with a core objective of providing high quality emergency medicine training to healthcare professionals in countries where emergency medicine is a developing speciality.

Sepsis and trauma are two of the fastest growing causes of morbidity and mortality in populations with developing healthcare systems. Recognising the deficit in Emergency Care training in Africa, Dr Jean O’Sullivan, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital (AMNCH) in Tallaght established the Global Emergency Care Skills charity.

The training is undertaken through the provision of a skills and simulation based course in trauma care, resuscitation skills and major incident management. The teaching faculty is composed of emergency medicine physicians from Ireland.

Training & Course Curriculum

GECS objective of reducing morbidity and mortality is undertaken through the provision of a skills based course in trauma care, resuscitation skills and major incident management every year in a different region. The curriculum has been developed by an expert body of Irish Emergency Medicine doctors and is based on best international evidence. It is tailored to local epidemiological patterns of injury and illness and to available local healthcare resources. The course covers the emergency care of both adult and paediatric patients. The teaching equipment used in each course is donated locally and the final day of the course is dedicated to training the participants to teach these skills to colleagues in their local healthcare setting.

Map of GECS Work

GECS work on a larger map

Online learning and international partnerships

An on-line learning programme has also been established in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland as a resource for course participants.

The e-learning module consists of lecture series and interactive trauma case scenarios so that course participants can keep their skills updated. GECS also recently partnered with the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).


AMNCH, Tallaght and St Luke’s Hospital
have kindly donated 80 life saving cardiac defibrillators to GECS.

This initiative will supply over 20 hospitals in Africa with defibrillators for the first time. GECS faculty have ensured staff in the receiving hospitals are trained in safe defibrillation and resuscitation care.

How to get

GECS is funded through voluntary contributions and fundraising events and is a registered charity with the Irish Revenue.

If you are a medical practitioner and wish to inquire about joining our teaching faculty,

Our Sponsors

Thank You to Our Sponsors.

The GECS Team would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who supported us over the years.

Annual Reports & Financial Accounts

Global Emergency Care Skills is registered as a charity in Ireland – Charity Number: CHY 18572.

The Annual Reports and Financial Statements give comprehensive details of financial incomings and expenditure for the year to which it refers. We are committed to providing transparent and timely information on our finances to all interested parties. Our annual reports are available at the links provided.

Should you require more information about the audited accounts of GECS, please contact us at info@gecs.ie.