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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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

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


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