Building Safer Surgery and Anaesthesia: Reflections on Rwanda

Dr Ed Fitzgerald shares his latest experience in Rwanda as he returned to Kibagabaga Hospital to follow-up on checklist and pulse oximetry use

One of the remarkable aspects of returning to Rwanda regularly over the past few years has been witnessing the progression of local students and doctors who have been part of the shared Lifebox journey here. Students who have become doctors, interns who have progressed to become residents.

Despite 4,000 miles of separation, . . .

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June 02, 2016

SAFE courses tackle the huge number of maternal deaths globally

With one in seven maternal deaths during or after caesarean section due to anaesthesia related complications, it is time to tackle the anaesthesia workforce crisis.

An article published in The Lancet Global Health this month reported that 250,000 women die every year during or after pregnancy and childbirth, and 99% of these women are from low and middle income countries. Many of these deaths result from conditions that require surgery, such as obstructed labour.

It is impossible to perform safe . . .

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May 11, 2016

Meeting the Asian anaesthesiology leaders of tomorrow

WFSA Communications Officer Niki O'Brien dropped in on the 2016 BARTC Fellows in Bangkok whilst on holiday

Arriving at Pier 21 Food Terminal on a hot Saturday morning in Bangkok, I was extremely excited to meet the four BARTC Fellows currently studying in Bangkok: Drs. Nay Myo Htun (Myanmar), Undram Maisakhan (Mongolia), Sokha Sann (Cambodia) and Tashi Wangchuk (Bhutan), as well as the incredible BARTC Programme Head Dr Jariya . . .

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April 21, 2016

#WorldHealthDay: Anaesthesiologists play a vital role in Tropical Cyclone Winston response in Fiji

On the 21st February Cyclone Winston, a grade five tropical cyclone, hit the Fiji Islands. While Suva, the capital city, was spared any severe damage due to a last minute change in the storm's direction, more remote areas and islands were hit with devastating force.

The storm was the strongest to hit the Fiji islands in living . . .

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April 07, 2016

Saving a life at Christmas: An account by a SAFE course participant

Dr Mercy Kiprono, not her real name, recounts an important case she faced on Christmas Day 2012.

Dr Mercy Kiprono was one of more than 100 participants who attended the SAFE Obstetrics Anaesthesia and Paediatric Anaesthesia courses in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia so far this year.
The SAFE (Safe Anaesthesia From Education) course, developed by the WFSA and the AAGBI trains local physicians and anaesthetic officers on how to give the . . .

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March 24, 2016

"I was mesmerised to listen to the great speakers, who are also authors of my favourite books!"

As applications for WFSA-Baxter Scholarships to the WCA 2016 are due to close next week, we share an account of a 2012 Scholar's experience

In August this year the WFSA will host the most anticipated anaesthesia event of 2016 in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong. However, applications for WFSA-Baxter Scholarships to the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) will close next week. To be considered, eligible applicants must complete and send the form to us by Tuesday 15th March.

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March 10, 2016

Interaction, Innovation & Inspiration

The lasting impact of a WFSA-Baxter Scholarship

It was at this time last year that six WFSA-Baxter Scholars were preparing to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal to attend the 11th SAARC-AA Congress. The three day event consisted of guest lectures, oral paper presentations, poster presentations and discussions. Large numbers of local and foreign delegates attended the Congress and had the . . .

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February 19, 2016


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