Oxygen for the most vulnerable: WFSA supports advocacy initiative

We need to make this essential medicine available, affordable and accessible so anaesthesiologists can work as safely and effectively as possible.

Consider a hospital and consider the patients. A child at the facility is suffering with pneumonia, while an elderly man has an exacerbation of chronic obstructed lung disease after his hernia operation. A woman struggles with acute bronchitis on top of a baseline lung disease, and a teenager arrives at the emergency department with abdominal . . .

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February 08, 2017

WFSA team visit Laerdal HQ as Global Impact Partnership activities gain momentum

Last week WFSA President-Elect Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen,WFSA CEO Julian Gore-Booth, SAFE Trainer Dr Dave Snell, and Lifebox representatives Dr Iain Wilson and Dr Jared Forrester, travelled to Laerdal HQ in Stavanger, Norway to learn more about the organisation and the important role it is playing in mother and child health across the world.

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February 01, 2017

3. Mentoring in the central region and enjoying Kenyan tourist attractions

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

Hello from Kampala! I know this may be a bit confusing because I am supposed to be in Kenya, and Kampala has always been, and still is, in Uganda, but I have come across the border for a few days over the festive break.

Since I wrote last, I am now at 92 anaesthetists met and mentored, and about 60 hospitals visited. I have spent a lot of . . .

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January 27, 2017

A few questions for the new Lifebox CEO

With the two year anniversary of the World Health Assembly Resolution on the horizon, 2017 is set to be a big year for global surgery and anaesthesia – and a big year for Lifebox. Meet Kris Torgeson, Lifebox's first ever Global CEO.

This week the WFSA was excited to hear that Lifebox hired their first ever Global CEO – Kris Torgeson.

Lifebox Foundation works to make surgery and anaesthesia safer around the world. Like Lifebox, Kris Torgeson is passionate about humanitarian action, and with a career spanning New York, Geneva, Monrovia and beyond, has witnessed the scale . . .

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January 12, 2017

Boston to Host ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017

We hear from the American Society of Anesthesiologists about what to expect at next year's conference

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting takes on special significance in 2017 as it returns to the city where modern anesthesia was born. On October 16, 1846, the world of medicine was forever changed when William T.G. Morton administered the first anesthetic for a successful surgical procedure at Boston’ . . .

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December 07, 2016

2. Travelling east and meeting more Kenyan anaesthesia providers

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

Dear All,

Since I last wrote, I spent three weeks in the south-western hill town of Kisii, travelling around banana and tea plantations to do my visits, and I am now at the end of two weeks at Kisumu, Kenya's third largest conurbation (behind Nairobi and Mombasa). I will be sorry to leave this afternoon as there has been a lot to keep me . . .

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November 30, 2016

1. Arriving in Kenya and beginning my SAFE Obstetrics Fellowship

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

Hello WFSA blog readers,

I am an ST-7ish anaesthetist from London, working as the SAFE Obstetrics fellow in Kenya for 6 months, and I will be sharing some of my experiences through a WFSA blog series.

My job here involves following up candidates from the SAFE Obstetrics training courses funded by THET, and trying to measure and record change . . .

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November 16, 2016


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