AA Global Anaesthesia Updates

It’s been another busy year with several members of our AA team involved in global anaesthesia initiatives. 

JM GuineaAt the beginning of the year, the ‘Aberdeen-Bahir Dar Partnership’, a 5-way partnership focused on knowledge exchange, involving NHSG, UoA and their Ethiopian counterparts, saw the development and RCoA approval of anaesthesia fellowships, and an article published in the College’s ‘The International Anaesthetist’ February newsletter. Despite interest, the fellowship had to be put on-hold due to service re-structuring in Bahir Dar. 

The year got off to a busy start for me; I directed the final SAFE course for the Safe Surgery 2020 program in Tanzania, and was involved in WFSA & ASSIST International’s Project ECHO, which delivered a series of teleconferenced tutorials to anaesthetistspracticing across the Lake Zone regions. This was followed by a Lifebox Safe Surgical Checklist workshop and a SAFE workshop at the West African College of Surgeons conference in Senegal, anaesthesia training needs assessments in Cambodia in preparation for expansion of the Safe Surgery programs in SE Asia, and then a placement with Mercy Ships Safe Surgery program in Guinea. 

DN GhanaThis year’s WFSA & RSM SAFE-T summit held in London in April focused on ‘Global Equity and Teamwork’ with a range of world renowned speakers, including AA’s Dr Kathleen Ferguson. 

In May 2019, David Nesvadba joined the Rhinology and Laryngology Research Fund in Korle Bu Hospital, Accra, Ghana, to observe, learn and participate in the delivery of anaesthesia for complex airway pathology at this tertiary hospital affiliated with the University of Ghana Medical School. Following this experience, David is planning a similar visit with the Fund to Tanzania next year.

AA has also been involved in several SAFE (Safer Anaesthesia from Education) courses. In March, Divya Raviraj and I travelled to Namibia to deliver a SAFE Paediatric Anaesthesia course. This course was also part sponsored by AA through a successful fundraising campaign featuring AA hoody sales and ‘Coffee and a Gas’, and with our AA hoodies and merchandise even extending to reach some of our previous AA members across the world. 

Jo NigeriaIn June, Jo Thirsk travelled to Port Harcourt, Nigeria to introduce MOEWS and coordinate a SAFE Paediatric course, and also taught on a SAFE Obstetric course in India in September. Over summer, I directed the 1st SAFE Obstetric course in Chad accompanied with Lifebox training and distribution, and Lifebox and SAFE Paediatrics courses in Burundi, then a further SAFE Obstetrics course in Tanzania, which forms part of a larger research project. Recently I became a WFSA & Association SAFE Obstetrics Topic Lead.

Namibia group 2019 paedsThis year I’ve also become a WFSA(UK) Trustee. This is the UK charity of the WFSA, and supports safe anaesthesia worldwide through education, international standards, research and innovation. If you regularly use Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile and selecting WFSA(UK), this means Amazon donates 0.5% to WFSA(UK) and it won’t cost you a penny extra!

Always happy to talk about global anaesthesia, Dr Jolene Moore, Consultant Anaesthetist.