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SAFE Paediatrics is launched in South Africa!

The SAFE Paediatric Anaesthesia course is a three-day course which aims to provide refresher training in the essentials of paediatric anaesthesia which emphasises the principles of safe care for children, in particular, assessment, vigilance and competence in essential skills. This article is written by Clover-Ann Lee, the lead on the SAFE Paediatrics project in South Africa.

South Africa has been described as the world’s most unequal society; 55.5% of the country’s 57 million people live below the poverty line, with 25% living below the food poverty line. On the Gini coefficient, the measurement for income distribution where 0 is evenly distributed and 1 is uneven, South Africa had a coefficient of 0.63 in 2015.

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December 06, 2018

'Our Experience at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, Nigeria'

In October 2018 we shared the story of four medical doctors from Liberia who travelled to Nigeria for postgraduate anaesthesia training. Here is an update on their experience since arriving in Nigeria.

We began active supernumerary posting at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, located on Zaria Road, Kano Metropolis, the capital of Kano State in Northern Nigeria. Kano State has a population of approximately 11 million people, twice the population size of Liberia. Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) is the premier referral hospital for . . .

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November 14, 2018

'Our Journey'

On 6th September 2018 four medical doctors from Liberia, West Africa, travelled to Kano City in Nigeria where for the next 15 months they will complete a postgraduate diploma in anaesthesia. Liberia has never had a Physician Anaesthetist of Liberian origin working in the country despite having a population of 4.6 million. Here is the story of their journey to Nigeria.

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Back row L-R: Dr Sadiq Usman Garba (HOD, Anaesthesiology), Prof Lawan Umar (Community Health Physician), Prof Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe (Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee)
Front row L-R: Dr Wiyata Tamara Diggs (Trainee), Dr Alhassan Datti Mohammed (Technical Lead Coordinator of the Project), Dr Levi Korheina (Trainee), Prof Aminu . . .

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October 08, 2018

Alcatraz swim challenge to raise money & awareness for Fund-a-Fellow

Southern Snappers team take on the infamous challenge for WFSA's Fund-a-Fellow

A team of swimmers, including the WFSA's Director of Programmes Dr Wayne Morriss and member of the Ad-Hoc Anaesthesia Equipment Committee Dr Rob McDougall, will be undertaking the Alcatraz Swim challenge to raise money and awareness for Fund-a-Fellow (https://www.wfsahq.org/get-involved/as-an-individual/fund-a-fellow).

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September 25, 2018

Predicting difficult airway by ultrasound: An update from Mona Sharma, WFSA Research Grant awardee

Dr Mona Sharma shares her experience working on a research project as a WFSA Research Grant awardee

I was one of the very fortunate candidates to receive a WFSA Research Grant in 2016. However due to personal health problems, I could not pursue the research fellowship immediately. Now after 3 years, I have begun my project on predicting difficult by airway ultrasound. According to the grant agreement, I was required to travel to a foreign . . .

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June 07, 2018

“Never label an empty syringe”: An interview with Dr David Whitaker

With the SAFE-T Summit taking place this Friday, 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 David Whitaker will discuss patient safety and medicines 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 his career, including more than 40 years of clinical practice, his current focus on medicines safety, and exactly why one must never label an empty . . .

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April 10, 2018

Patient safety in the perioperative environment: An interview with Mona Guckian Fisher

With the SAFE-T Summit fast approaching, 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.

Mona Guckian-Fisher will discuss SAFE OT (Safer Anaesthesia From Education Operating Theatre) and the importance of a strong surgical team at the SAFE-T Summit on 13th April at the RSM, London. We spoke with her about the role of nurses and other staff within the surgical team and what that means for patient safety.

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April 05, 2018

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