Kenya Society of Anesthesiologists (KSA) launches National Anaesthesia Guidelines as first step in creating comprehensive National Surgical & Anaesthesia Plan

Last week the Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists (KSA) officially launched their National Anaesthesia Guidelines, a resource which gives recommendations for best practice and sets a number of minimum standards.

The guide covers recommendations for Minimum Facilities For Safe Administration of Anaesthesia in Operating Suites and Other . . .

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July 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Fund A Fellow! Reflections on 1 year of fellowships and campaigning

This month we celebrate one year since the launch of the Fund A Fellow campaign. With more than US$55,000 raised, it has been a very exciting campaign, positively impacting young anaesthesiologists around the world. Thank you to all of the host institutions and facilities, delivery partners, Programme Heads, and those who have already given . . .

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July 04, 2017

Landmark online resource tool mapping the global anaesthesia workforce highlights huge shortages in human resources

The third of our World Health Assembly (WHA) blog series showcasing WFSA advocacy work promoting anaesthesia in the global health context.

This week World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) officially launched a landmark online resource tool mapping the total number of anaesthesia providers worldwide. A high number of countries reported a total anaesthesia provider number of less than 5 per 100,000 population, highlighting the current crisis in the surgical and . . .

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May 25, 2017

Anaesthesia, the "invisible sister of the neglected stepchild of global health", and the current crisis facing 5 billion people

Two years after the groundbreaking WHA resolution with the potential to improve care for 5 billion people worldwide, have we made progress in increasing access to essential anaesthesia and surgical care?

“My country Bhutan has 0.7 million people but only 3-4 anaesthesiologists so we cannot provide safe anaesthesia to all the patients,” Dr Tashi Wangchuk explained to me on a humid afternoon walking along the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok.

“We are supported by the nurse anaesthetist programme and supported by Thailand. Bhutan is small pockets, . . .

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May 18, 2017

Preparing the workforce of tomorrow: WFSA releases Position Statement on Anaesthesiology & Universal Health Coverage

The first of our World Health Assembly (WHA) blog series showcasing WFSA advocacy work promoting anaesthesia in the global health context.

The WFSA is pleased to announce the publication of our official Position Statement on Anaesthesiology and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The statement was approved unanimously by Extraordinary Resolution of WFSA's General Assembly.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is defined as access to quality essential healthcare services and to . . .

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May 10, 2017

4. Returning home and reflecting on my time as a SAFE Fellow in Kenya

Naomi Pritchard, SAFE Obstetrics Fellow, writes a guest blog as she assesses and teaches obstetric anaesthesia providers across Kenya.

Well, here it is – my final blog! I can’t believe how fast 6 months went by, the month after my last update literally flew.

After returning from Entebbe, I travelled straight to Molo, a little place a couple of hours from Kenya’s 4th largest town, to stay in a convent! One of the sisters was a SAFE course candidate and I was treated to a . . .

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April 12, 2017

Obstetric Anaesthesia: My fellowship experience training in Malaysia

This week’s blog is written by Dr Lisa Akelisi Yockopua, a young anaesthesiologist from Papua New Guinea. She was awarded a six month fellowship in 2016 to study obstetric anaesthesiology in the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Below is her account of the experience, the outcomes, and the importance of the fellowship to Papua New Guinea.

The WFSA was extremely grateful to receive generous donations to our Fund a Fellow fundraising campaign over the festive period at the end of last year. We would like to thank everyone who made a contribution to the education of young anaesthesiologists living and working in low resource settings, and we hope that hearing stories like Dr . . .

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March 08, 2017


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