Just a decade ago, emergency medicine did not exist in Tanzania. Most hospitals only had casualty units — a basic room with a doctor who could only write a prescription or provide a referral. Patients might wait hours for basic life-saving care. The mortality rate at Tanzania's national hospital in 2009, according to the International Journal of Emergency Medicine, was 13.6 percent. In Tanzania, Abbott and its foundation the Abbott Fund have created a sustainable model that advances global health and development by partnering not only with institutions but also with people. 'Healthcare in Tanzania was far behind other parts of the world,' said Dr. Upendo George, one of the first women to join the field of emergency medicine in Tanzania. 'Fortunately, Abbott Fund saw things not the way they were, but the way they could be.'