Global anaesthesia: towards health equity

Our event will run online, will lecture-based discussion on the delivery and provision of anaesthesia across the world.

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Key details

Date: 16 March 2021 | 09:30 - 17:00

Location: Online, Zoom

Availability: Places available

Clinical content lead(s): TBC

CPD credits: 5


We are pleased to announce a 25% discount off of the full course price - just enter GLOBAL25 at the checkout (see pricing tab for more details).

Now more than ever, it is clear that the worldwide anaesthesia community must come together as we face one of the biggest public health challenges of our lifetime. Attendees will obtain a greater understanding of the struggles faced by the multidisciplinary medical teams across the world - particularly in low and middle income countries. We will explore how the anaesthetic community as a collective can help to overcome these issues. 

This event will run online, with lecture-based discussion on the delivery and provision of anaesthesia across the world. Hear from world-class speakers on current challenges, new initiatives and how we can move towards health equity.

The finalised programme for this course will be confirmed soon - please find a draft version in the 'programme' tab.

The event will explore key topics from a variety of disciplines to highlight and explore how to address health inequalities in a variety of different contexts.  Attendees will come away with a greater understanding of the challenges and ways forward in addressing health inequality in different settings.  Topics will include:

•    Improving access to healthcare for marginalised communities 
•    Social Determinants of Health
•    The connectedness of “Global” Health 

We are keen for our Global Anesthesia event to be as inclusive as possible, and would therefore like to invite Doctors residing in Low and Middle Income Countries (according to World Bank definitions) to attend the event free of charge. If you are interested in attending then please email confirming your full name and postal address.

If you are unable to attend this event live, a recording will be available for you to watch at your convenience until 13 April 2021. You will receive the expected CPD points for watching the recording.

This course is worth 5 CPD points.

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Please find a draft programme below - this will be finalised soon:


16 March 2021
09:45-10:00 Registration  
Session 1 Chair: WAS  
10:00-10:15 Welcome Professor Ellen O'Sullivan
10:15-10:30 Increasing healthcare access to indigenous populations Dr Rodney Mitchell
10:30-10:45 (TBC) (TBC)
10:45-11:00 Social determinants of health  Professor Sir Michael Marmot, UCL | London
11:00-11:20 Discussion All Panelists
11:20-11:35 Break  
Session 2 Chair: Dr Ian Geraghty  
11:35-11:45 Equitable health care in Ethiopia: reality, challenges & opportunities Fikerte Zewdu Abate, Non Physician Anaesthetist | Ethiopia
11:45-11:55 Challenges faced in accessing educational upgrade for non-physician Anaesthesiologists  Gift Mukubesa | Zambia 
11:55-12:10 (TBC) Dr Arthur Kwizera | Uganda
12:10-12:25 How CANECSA will address health inequity in the region (title TBC) Dr Doreen Mashava, Registrar | CANECSA
12:25-12:40 TBC Dr Wangui Thanga | Kenya 
12:40-13:00 Discussion All Panelists
13:00-13:30 Lunch  
Session 3 Chair: WAS  
13:30-13:45 Inequality in healthcare access and its effects on migrant population health  Dr Peter Gough, Doctors of the World | UK 
13:45-14:00 Gender equity for health equity in Latin America Dr Carolina Haylock-Loor | Honduras
14:00-14:30 Keynote: addressing inequity in anaesthesia care - the WFSA approach   Professor Adrian Gelb, President of WFSA
14:30-14:50 Discussion All Panelists
14:50-15:05 Break  
Session 4 Chair: Professor Ellen O'Sullivan  
15:05-15:20 Developing global health competencies Dr Darmuid O’Donovan, Queen’s University Belfast  
15:20-15:35 The role of religion in health outcomes Dr Michelle White, Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthetist | London
15:35-15:50 Essential Anaesthesia resource (title TBC) (TBC)
15:50-16:10 Discussion All Panelists
16:10-16:15 Summary and Close  



We are pleased to announce a 25% discount off of the full course price - just enter GLOBAL25 at the checkout!

Consultant/Senior Fellows - £90 (£67.50 discounted)

Trainee/Foundation Doctor/Nurse etc - £70 (£52.50 discounted)



Dr Michelle White
Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthetist

Dr White is a Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.  From 2012-2017 Dr White worked for an international Christian charity Mercy Ships in various Muslim and Christian countries in sub-Saharan African. As the Mercy Ships Deputy Chief Medical Officer she worked with Ministries of Health, Hospital Directors and local healthcare workers to improve the access and quality of surgical and anaesthesia care. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers with over half focusing on the global inequity of surgical and anaesthesia care worldwide.

Dr Carolina Haylock Loor
WFSA Director of Programs

Dr Carolina Haylock Loor graduated as a medical doctor in Honduras before, completing postgraduate training in Spain and working as an anaesthesiologist, intensivist and interventional pain physician at San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Between 2008 and 2015, Carolina was elected President of the Honduran Anesthesia Society.

Carolina has represented the Latin American region as a council member for the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and elected as a co-opted member of the board. She is currently elected as Director of Programs, which forms part of the Board of the WFSA.

She is Chair of the WFSA Gender Balance Ad hoc committee. Carolina is particularly passionate about education and has taught trainees on the Honduran Anesthesiology Residency Program in Pain Management as well as promoted WFSA courses in the Latin American region including EPM (Essential Pain Management), SAFE Obstetric, SAFE Paediatric and PTC (Primary Trauma Care). During this pandemic she has been working as a Clinical Training Consultant for the Mechanical Ventilation and Oxygen Echosystem Project.

Fikerte Zewdu ABATE
Non-Physician Anaesthetist

Fikerte Zewdu ABATE, Non-physician Anaesthetist at Yekatit 12 Public Hospital
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
Firkerte graduated from Addis Ababa University School of Medicine with B.Sc in Anesthesia. She has been working as an anesthetist since 2017 in the plastic and reconstructive department at Yekatit 12 Public Hospital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

She also received training from PACT (U.S.)- (Partners in Africa Cleft Training ), who are engaged in improving and expanding access to cleft lip and palate care in sub-Saharan Africa. 
Fikerte also had the privilege of working with Project Harar (U.K.), a charity based in the UK and Ethiopia that runs a Complex Surgical Programme every year-round in partnership with her hospital.  
She is an aspiring anesthetist who has faced challenging & critical cases and is pushing to create a better clinical practice and equitable access to health care in her home country Ethiopia.

Professor Michael Marmot
Director of the Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)

Sir Michael Marmot has been Professor of Epidemiology at University College London since 1985. He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Bloomsbury: 2015), and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (Bloomsbury: 2004). Professor Marmot is the Advisor to the WHO Director-General, on social determinants of health, in the new WHO Division of Healthier Populations. He takes up a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2019, and is the recipient of the WHO Global Hero Award. Professor Marmot held the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and received Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has accepted honorary doctorates from 18 universities. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for nearly 50 years. He chaired the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up in 2015 by the World Health Organization’s Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO). He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008.  

At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO EURO in 2014, and in 2020 Health Equity in England: Marmot Review 10 Years On, and Build Back Fairer: the COVID-19 Marmot Review. Professor Marmot chaired the Expert Panel for the WCRF/AICR 2007 Second Expert Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. He chaired the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.  He set up and led a number of longitudinal cohort studies on the social gradient in health in the UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (where he was head of department for 25 years): the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality; the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), and several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.  

He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011, and as President of the World Medical Association in 2015.  He is President of the British Lung Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology; a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities. Professor Marmot is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Professor Adrian Gelb
President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiology (WFSA)

Adrian W Gelb is Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and previous vice chair. He is currently the President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiology (WFSA). WFSA is an umbrella organization for 150 national anesthesia societies.

After training in Cape Town and working in rural South Africa, he immigrated to Canada where he was the Chair of Anesthesia at the University Western Ontario. He has held leadership roles in multiple Anesthesia Societies and also the G4Alliance. His Global Health interests include National Surgical Obstetric & Anesthesia Planning (NSOAP), Outcome Metrics, and Patient Safety. He works with a number of WHO groups. He is the author of >350 publications and has given > 300 invited lectures.

Professor Diarmuid O’Donovan
Professor of Global Health at Queen’s University Belfast

Diarmuid O’Donovan is Professor of Global Health at Queen’s University Belfast and honorary consultant in public health at the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. He trained in general practice and in public health in England. He has lived in several countries in Africa where he worked in clinical, research and policy aspects of HIV, maternal and child health, Ebola, emergency responses, and in research capacity building and healthcare worker training.

His main research and teaching interests relate to sustainable development, health equity and inclusion, locally and globally.

Dr Doreen Mashava
Anaesthesiologist and Intensivist

Dr Doreen Mashava | MBCHB, MMed (ACCM), FCA (ECSA)
Anesthesiologist and Intensivist

Dr Mashava is a registrar for CANECSA (2014 to date) as well as a Foundation Fellow for CANECSA.

She works closely with:
1.    Education and Scientific (Training) Committee
2.    Examinations and Credentialing Committee
3.    Finance Committee for the College.

Dr Mashava is a practicing Anesthesiologist in Harare Zimbabwe.

Dr Peter Gough
GP Volunteer and Trustee of Doctors of the World, UK

Peter is a GP Volunteer and Trustee of Doctors of the World, UK. He has been an NHS Doctor for 42 years and a Family Doctor for 37 years (30 years as a partner) and currently working in Hertfordshire.

For the past 21 years, Peter has been involved with communities in Rajasthan, India addressing issues of migration, health, education and the lack of opportunities for girls and women through the charity he co-founded, Khandel light with some of his patients. It is a community-to-community partnership of sharing responsibilities and skills. Convinced that such partnerships create live and lasting change for the health and wellbeing of all involved, he was privileged to be a founding Trustee of Addenbrooke’s Abroad, now Cambridge Global Health Partnerships.

Six years ago, Peter joined Doctors of the World UK, (part of the Médecins du Monde network) as a volunteer GP and has regularly worked in their clinics in East London, serving excluded people including asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, homeless people and sex workers. Many of the people seen in these clinics have suffered from psychological and physical trauma, even torture. To enable him to improve his skills in dealing with these challenges, he took sabbatical leave from NHS practice in 2017 to study Psychotherapy and Counselling which validated what is, perhaps, a clinician’s most important skill; listening.

Dr Wangui Thang'a
Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist | Aga Khan University, Nairobi

Dr Wangui Thang’a obtained her  Bachelor of  Medicine, Bachelor of  Surgery from the  University of  Nairobi and a Master of Medicine in Anaesthesiology form Aga Khan University, Nairobi. 

Following residency and specialist recognition Dr Thang’a proceeded to fellowship training at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town and then, as an MTI Fellow, at The Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. Her areas of focus during fellowship training were paediatric anaesthesia, paediatric critical care and paediatric retrieval

After working for two years as a consultant in London, Dr Wangui Thang’a has recently returned home and to her alma mater.

She is currently a consultant paediatric anaesthetist and full time faculty at Aga Khan University, Nairobi.

Her areas of interest are the establishment of paediatric surgical and anaesthesia centres of excellence, residency and fellowship training of anaesthetists and research relevant to populations in Africa South of the Sahara.