As the World Health Organisation again recommends against the international control of ketamine, we speak to top relief agency pharmacists about the effects of international control of drugs on those who need it most
“Any level of scheduling poses a risk that supplies of quality ketamine will not be available when it’s needed to treat patients in the field.”
– Stéphanie Arsac-Janvier, Head Pharmacist at the International Committee of the Red Cross
On Tuesday the World Health Organisation's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) again found that . . .
Ketamine, global health, and why China’s push to pass international legislation will endanger millions of patients
On 9th-11th December 2015 the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will meet in Vienna to discuss changes to the scope of control of substances and whether or not ketamine should be restricted internationally. This push for policy change stems from the illicit production and abuse of ketamine in China.
Many people would assume . . .
A conversation with Dr Subramani Kandasamy, Programme Head in Vellore, India
Improving education is one fundamental way of ensuring more patients around the world have access to safe and affordable anaesthesia when they need it. Over the past month, we have spoken to young anaesthesiologists who have been trained through WFSA Fellowship programmes. However, it is important to think about the wider team that make these . . .
Dr Karima Khalid shares her learning experiences in Dubai
This week we spoke to Dr Karima Khalid who was funded by the WFSA to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia in Dubai this year. The course consisted of 5 sessions, which were specifically designed to introduce young anaesthesiologists to different aspects of regional anaesthesia.
Dr Khalid is from Tanzania and . . .
We really can unite for change!
Last week you might have seen the launch of our Safe Anaesthesia For EverybodY – Today (SAFETY) campaign on World Anaesthesia Day. You might have seen it all over social media and for longer than the intended day itself - that’s because it went global!
Thousands of anaesthesiologists from countries in every continent and corner of the world . . .
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These days, there’s a ‘day’ for everything. In the next seven days alone you can look forward to World Toy Camera Day, Nut Day and countless others. However, for the WFSA, patients across the globe, and their families, the most import is World Anaesthesia Day - celebrated on 16th October every year.
World Anaesthesia Day celebrates the . . .
The WFSA is now coming to the end of our 60th anniversary celebrations. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has been reading our newsletters, blogs, and engaging with us on Facebook and Twitter.
The practice of anaesthesia has changed and developed so much in the past 60 years with the creation of new technology and training . . .
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