Emergency care can save lives, but in resource-limited settings, care is often compromised by a lack of training. It is estimated that effective emergency care could prevent more than 50% of deaths and one-third of disability in low- and middle-income countries.

That’s why the Jhpiego-led Reaching Impact, Saturation, and Epidemic Control (RISE) project has trained more than 3,000 health workers on basic emergency care, including the Code Blue procedure, an emergency response when someone is in unexpected cardiac or respiratory arrest and requires resuscitation.

At the Kisumu County Referral Hospital in Kenya, the second busiest hospital in the county, health workers are using Code Blue to quickly identify acute illness and injuries and offer emergency care.