About

Safe Anesthesia & Surgery Saves Lives

Without safe surgery and anesthesia, mothers die in obstructed labour, children remain disabled with inherited malformations and trauma cannot be treated. There is a critical shortage of anesthesiologists globally and many cannot access the surgery they so desperately need.

Our Model

The Problem

Globally, too many people die because surgery isn’t available. In fact, the number of people who die due to lack of access to safe surgical and anesthesia care is more than all those who die of HIV, TB and malaria combined.

Our solution

CASIEF volunteers help build sustainable training programs for anesthesiologists. We focus on developing strong local leaders who go on to train others, develop new services and impact the healthcare system of their whole country.

How we work

When CASIEF started working in Nepal in the 1980’s there were only 7 anesthesiologists in the country. With a 20-year commitment to supporting sustainable training programs in Nepal, 62 anesthesiologists were trained and successfully leading a thriving training program. As of 2017 there were 235 anesthesiologists in Nepal. We now support similar programs in Rwanda, Guyana and Ethiopia.

Why Anesthesia

Surgical care has been neglected in global health for decades, leaving weak healthcare systems. There can be no safe surgery without anesthesia, but anesthesia care has been forgotten even more than surgery! In many countries, lack of anesthesia care is the limiting factor to the availability of surgery, often there are just too few anesthesiologists.

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Volunteers

Why CASIEF

Board of Trustees

Joel Parlow
Chair, Haramaya Lead

Dylan Bould
Past Chair

Julian Barnbrook
Addis Ababa Lead

Jon Bailey
Rwanda Lead

Ashleigh Farrell
Guyana Lead

Gregory Klar
Burkina Faso Lead

Jim Kim
Trustee

Louis-Pierre Poulin
Treasurer

Jason Edwards
Trustee

Jenny Hoang Nguyen
Senior Resident Representative

Ahmed Abbas
Junior Resident Representative

Joel Parlow
Chair, Haramaya Lead

Ashleigh Farrell
Guyana Lead

Jason Edwards
Trustee

Jenny Hoang Nguyen
Senior Resident Representative

Dylan Bould
Past Chair

Gregory Klar
Burkina Faso Lead

Ahmed Abbas
Junior Resident Representative

Julian Barnbrook
Addis Ababa Lead

Jason McVicar
Remote Canada Lead

 

Jon Bailey
Rwanda Lead

Louis-Pierre Poulin
Treasurer

Ways to get Involved

Volunteer

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