Global Partnerships

Global Partnerships

Approximately 17 million people die each year from conditions that require surgical care - most in low and middle income countries.

Our Global Partnerships Strategy aims to offer our expertise to partner institutions to assist and co-create projects to improve access to safe and timely anaesthetic care.

We are committed to forging and nurturing relationships with doctors and institutions from other countries. This is why we are working in partnership with health education providers both in the UK and internationally to develop high quality anaesthetic training and standards for doctors and non-physician anaesthetists. We believe that it is important that relationships are two-way – while our expertise can benefit our colleagues based internationally, we recognise that learning is bi-directional, and there is a lot that we can learn from our colleagues in different environments.

The Lancet Commission report into Global Surgery, published in 2015, highlighted the significant unmet surgical and anaesthetic need across the world, particularly in Low and Middle Income Countries. The report says that in addition to the 313 million surgical procedures undertaken each year, it is estimated that an additional 143 surgical procedures are required per year.  When factoring in differences in geographical location, it is estimated that 67 per cent of the world’s population has unmet surgical need.

Working with local organisations and institutions will strengthen international healthcare systems.  This ensures the long-term stability of these systems and increases patient access to safe anaesthetic and surgical services.

We are also increasing our support and engagement with our international members and developing an international network, through which information and learning can be shared across borders and continents.

Remarkable gains have been made in global health in the past 25 years, but progress has not been uniform. Mortality and morbidity from common conditions needing surgery have grown in the world’s poorest regions, both in real terms and relative to other health gains. At the same time, development of safe, essential, life-saving surgical and anaesthesia care in low-income and middle-income countries has stagnated or regressed.

Meara J G et al
The Lancet Commission

WEBINAR: GASOC & Association of Anaesthetists Global Anaesthesia and Ethics webinar, Thursday 6 May 2021 (19:00-21:00)

Global Anaesthesia and ethical considerations when volunteering is a fascinating area of anaesthesia. The Association of Anaesthetists Trainee Committee and Global Anaesthesia, Surgery & Obstetric Collaboration (GASOC) are hosting a free joint webinar with 5 speakers with experience from around the world who have worked with various organisations including Medicines Sans Frontiers, Mothers of Africa, Mercy Ships and SAFE courses. The purpose of the webinar is to provide those watching with an insight into our speakers, the type of work they have been involved in and highlight opportunities of how to get involved for those with an interest in volunteering and global health. There will be short presentations then a panel discussion with questions from the audience.

Dr Leonid Daya, 3rd year resident in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Cameroon. Volunteered for Mercy Ships and has worked extensively on implementation of the WHO Surgical checklist in Cameroon.
Dr Tei Sheraton, Chair of Mothers of Africa charity, she has run several SAFE courses, developed the SAFE OR course and is on the SAFE steering committee, previous chair of the Association of Anaesthetists International Relations Committee.
Dr Mark McNicol, Infectious Diseases Registrar, Belfast.  Has worked with Medicines Sans Frontiers in South Sudan, Georgia, Bangladesh and Yemen.
Dr Linden Baxter, Anaesthetic Registrar, Current Association of Anaesthetists International Relations Committee Fellow
Dr Gita Nath, Anaesthesiologist, India. President of Indian Association of Paediatric Anaesthesiologists. Involved in SAFE, VAST and has run several SAFE courses.

Date Thursday 6 May 2021, 19:00-20:00 (UK Time)
Location Online
Fee £0


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