Why data matters: An interview with Dr Justine Davies

With the SAFE-T Summit only one month away, the WFSA are interviewing some of our speakers as part of our SAFE-T Summit blog series to learn more about their contributions to global surgery and anaesthesia safety.

Dr Justine Davies will discuss the importance of data and measuring surgical metrics at the SAFE-T Summit on 13th April at the RSM, London. As these are topics the WFSA is passionate about, we wanted to learn more about her career, including her work on The Lancet Commission for Global Surgery, her current work, and why data matters.

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March 09, 2018

New study demonstrates the long-term impact of scholarships on anaesthesia training in Uganda

A new report published today in the journal Anaesthesia reveals how a low-cost intervention run jointly by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and the Association of Anesthesiologists of Uganda (AAU) transformed surgical care by increasing the number of specialist anaesthetists in the country.

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February 08, 2018

Partnering to build essential skills: SAFE South Africa

The WFSA and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) announce THET funding to build essential anaesthesia skills in South Africa

5 billion of the world’s 7 billion people are without access to safe and affordable anaesthesia when needed, resulting in increased disability and huge numbers of deaths annually. This global health crisis has often been overlooked but is now beginning to receive more attention from national governments, the global health community, and the . . .

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February 01, 2018

Better partners for safer anaesthesia

At the 6th Annual All Africa Congress in Abuja, Lifebox and the WFSA joined forces to host a discussion we can all learn from

“Working with international organisations - how can we build better international partnerships for safer anaesthesia and surgery?”

The AAAC brings together anaesthesia providers from across the continent, and partners from around the world. But what makes a valuable partnership, and what are some concrete steps international groups can take . . .

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January 15, 2018

Solutions for Africa: Diamedica scholar, Dr Ananya Abate Shiferaw reflects on the All Africa Anaesthesia Congress (AAAC)

The 6th AAAC was held in Abuja, Nigeria from 19 – 24th November 2017

The AAAC was the biggest congress I have attended so far in my career and gave me the chance to meet many people at once. I got exposed to so many different cultures, ideas, ways of thinking and living. I was able to make many friends from all over the world.

The scholars’ event on the day of opening ceremony was an unforgettable experience. . . .

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December 14, 2017

"Prevention can often be more important than cure": A case study from Nepal

Nepalese SAFE Course participant Sangeeta Shrestha reflects on an important case and why close monitoring is so important

After completing my MD Anesthesiology in October 2012, I joined a tertiary government hospital located in Kathmandu, Nepal. The hospital conducts approximately 18,000 deliveries are every year along with 5,000 caesarean sections. There were only 6 anaesthesiologists, including me, covering the 24 hours. There are lots of important case . . .

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December 08, 2017

Happy Birth Days: A Tanzania SAFE Story

As the WFSA launches a new film focused on the impact of SAFE courses in Tanzania, we speak to some of the people involved in the film

Every year around 290,000 women die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. 90% of these deaths are preventable. Can you imagine facing difficulties during birth in an environment where access to safe anaesthesia and surgery is limited?

Happy Birth Days, a short WFSA film, is an insight into everyday childbirth in Tanzania, and . . .

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November 23, 2017


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