Safe anesthesia and perioperative care globally



To collaborate with partners to build capacity for safe, sustainable anesthesia and perioperative care globally through education, knowledge translation, and advocacy

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Safe Anesthesia & Surgery Saves Lives

Five billion people lack access to safe surgical care. Surgical disease kills more people annually than HIV, TB, and malaria combined. Unfortunately, surgical capacity is least where it is needed most. Surgical care in low resource settings is cost effective and an indispensable, indivisible part of basic health care. Our philosophy is to work with anesthesia providers in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) to develop self-sustaining programs appropriate to their own needs. Consultations and collaboration with ministries of health, anesthesia providers, anesthesia societies, and local training institutions are key to building successful partnerships.

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Posts about Rwanda on Marriage-Motherhood-Medicine Blog (April 5, 2018) - Due to the NOTSS course, the academic day for anesthesia residents was moved from Monday to Tuesday morning. We spent another fantastic morning with the residents teaching each other and engaging in passionate discussions over the best way to do difficult cases. After the half day was finished, Margaret and I were picked up for Continue Reading
Congratulations to Dr. Gaston Nyirigara (March 19, 2018) - We would like to congratulate Dr. Gaston Nyirigara a Rwanda colleague with the 2018 IASP (international Association for the Study of Pain) award of excellence in pain research and management in developing countries. Dr. Nyirigara has always been close with CASIEF and Queen’s pain research and management program. Once again congratulations. I would like to Continue Reading
CASIEF 2018 Fundraising Gala Dinner (March 15, 2018) - 2018 CASIEF Gala Dinner Sunday, June 17, 2018. Auberge Saint-Gabriel, 426 Rue Saint-Gabriel, Montreal Reception 18:30, Dinner & Speaker 19:00 - 22:00 Tickets are now available online. Dr. Dan Poenaru - Guest Speaker Dr. Poenaru is a Canadian pediatric surgeon who has dedicated his life to treating needy children throughout eastern Africa. Motivated “by the Continue Reading
Adam on VAST (from the Sim Centre Opening blog) (February 15, 2018) - It’s alive…It’s alive! Victor Frankenstein recounts how he “infused a spark of being into the lifeless thing at his feet”. The idea for the VAST Course sprouted in July 2017 and for months, it existed only on my hard drive. Without the enthusiasm and support of the team around me, there is no doubt that Continue Reading

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