Australia’s emergency physician Vera Sistenich has started her lessons to communities in Congo to aid them in the prevention of some diseases using emergency treatment techniques.

According to Sistenich, the top ten reasons that lead to the death of Congolese are preventable. Hence, she has taken the responsibility to help the people in the community to be aware of the techniques that can be used to treat the reported top ten diseases found in Congo. The physician has conducted emergency medical campaigns across China, South Africa, and Nepal and among refugees on the Christmas and Manus Islands.

Dr. Sistenich has been assigned the task of conducting training programs for the communities in Congo along with three other Australian medical practitioners from HandUp Congo. The organisation conducted its first training program for medical students as well as registrars in September 2015 in Congo. The HandUp Congo team of doctors have begun giving life-saving lessons on how to treat some diseases using emergency medication. “Little children dying of diarrhoea or adults dying of pneumonia, many of these things are entirely preventable,” Sistenich claimed.

The program is designed in such a way that it covers hands-on training in basic ECG scanning, cardiac life support, and contraceptive implant insertion as well as fluid resuscitation for children. The International Conference on Emergency Medicine has been scheduled to be held in Africa in April 2016 which Sistenish will attend. After participating in the conference, Dr. Sistenich will continue to work with Congolese physicians and coordinate treatment plans across the nation.

The doctor will conduct a three-day emergency medicine course in collaboration with the Protestant University of Congo. The program will focus on paediatric, adult and neonatal resuscitation. “UPC has a reputable medical school and they have six training sites already spread across the country. So on this particular trip, I’ll be visiting those six training sites,” Sistenich told SBS Australia.