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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Prince George BC welcomes the first Canadian VAST Course (November 20, 2018) - Thank you to all involved in the most recent VAST Course in Prince George, British Columbia. This is a fantastic moment for the team behind VAST, seeing it delivered in a drastically different setting. Please read Dr Patty Livingston's reflections on the course. Prince George in November: crisp air, snow-covered ground crunching underfoot, evergreens, bright Continue Reading
Accompaniment by the anesthesiologist (November 14, 2018) - Alan Chu, MSc MD FRCPC Sustainability, capacity-building, and buy-in.  Integration with the public health system.  Education, interprofessional collaboration, and government support for anesthesia infrastructure.  Although I was disappointed to learn that CASIEF’s legacy-worthy Rwanda project was winding down, its latest pickup in Guyana has great promise! I have participated in many overseas missions, always small Continue Reading
U of T Anesthesia Sports & BBQ Day (November 14, 2018) - On Saturday September 8th, 2018 the University of Toronto held their 2nd Annual Department of Anesthesia Sports & BBQ Day. The event works to bring together staff and trainees and their families for some fun, friendly competition. This year we were honoured to be chosen as the selected charity and we were delighted that together the members of Continue Reading
Shalini’s Guyana Blog – Guyana wrap-up (September 10, 2018) - Guyana wrap-up-part 1 - Sept. 10th My 5 weeks volunteering trip with CASIEF has come to an end. I will be wrapping up the trip in 3 parts. I have met many new people, made many new friends and seen a different way of life. I came here with a notion of poverty and suffering. Continue Reading

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