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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World Congress of Anaesthesiologists 2020 (April 17, 2019)- Abstract submission and registration opens June 2019! Sept. 5-9, Prague, Czech Republic The 17th WFSA World Congress of Anaesthesiologists is proud to announce four competitions! Three of them are for country entries and one is for individuals. Winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremony besides the winner of the individual competition, there will be a chance to… Continue Reading
Medical Jet Lag (February 26, 2019)- No matter how much international experience under your belt the initial days in a low-income country are a medical seismic shock with potential register on the Richter scale. Call it medical jet lag. A recalibration is required that necessitates a reconsideration of what you take for granted at home. My approach is to listen and… Continue Reading
Return of the Anesthesiologist (February 15, 2019)- How’s that for the next summer blockbuster? Who am I kidding, in film anesthesiologists are akin to wardens: a plot device reserved for wallflowers or villains. I’m back in Addis on the garden terrace of the Ghion Hotel. From this little government sponsored oasis, combined with jet lag, and a St. George premium lager I… Continue Reading
Dr. Livingston returns to Rwanda (7th and final edition) (February 4, 2019)- Final Reflection - Saturday, February 2, 2019 (from Patty) Our team is dispersing: most of us are returning to Canada but Dave will stay on with Emma for a few weeks in Addis Ababa before going back to Rwanda to help with the foundations simulation curriculum. Although I am tired after the long flight from… Continue Reading

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