Capacity Building Emergency Project

BASIC Assessment and Support in Intensive Care course is usually held over 2 days and covers essential and fundamental aspects of Intensive Care. It is primarily designed as an introduction to Intensive Care for doctors coming to work in the ICU for the first time, but has also proved popular with senior ICU nurses, emergency department doctors and other doctors who have responsibility for caring for severely ill patients.

Topics covered during the training:

  • Airway management
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Mechanical ventilation;
  1. Basics
  2. Common modes
  3.  Settings
  4. Troubleshooting
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Management of shock
  • Severe sepsis
  • Interpretation of arterial blood gases
  • Transport of critically ill patients
  • Severe trauma
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Oliguria & acute renal failure
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Nutrition
  • Sedation and analgesia
  • Venous thromboembolic disease
  • Stress ulceration
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory
  • physiology
  • Metabolic & electrolyte disturbances

Capacity building of health human resources must run in parallel to equipping healthcare facilities with the equipment and supplies they need to test and treat COVID-19. There is a critical need to invest in the infection prevention control (IPC) measures practiced at facilities to ensure that staff and patients are adequately protected.

Also, as healthcare facilities continue to receive and treat patients for essential health services it is critical that medical staff (not limited to physicians and nurses) are trained in evidence-based infection prevention and control measures, management of critical cases and rare cases and ensure staff and patients know and practice these measures and that they are enforced through clear policies and systems in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In this context, and upon endorsement by the Palestine National Committee on COVID -19, and under the work of its subcommittee on capacity building, the following cooperated towards implementing a capacity building program for health resources in response to capacity development needs towards COVID-19:

  • The Ministry of Health (MoH) represented by the directorates of continuing education and of emergency
  • The Palestinian National Institute of Public Heath (PNIPH)
  • The Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH)


" This course is crucial to enhance the capacities of healthcare professionals and provides much needed basic skills and knowledge necessary to assess, support and manage the care of critically ill patients, establishing a more capable and equipped Palestinian medical healthcare team." 

Dr. Mai Al Khaileh

Minister of Health


BASIC Assessment and Support in Intensive Care Courses were held.
Doctors and nurses working in different hospitals in the West Bank and East Jerusalem were trained.