Education and training in developing countries
The AAGBI supports education and training in anaesthesia in resource-poor settings through development of training courses, refresher courses, support for anaesthesia fellowships, and donation of books and educational DVDs.
The IRC encourages UK trainees to work in developing countries to gain out of programme experience and supports the development of international health links between departments in the NHS and low-income countries.
|eLA for the Developing World|
- This is a collaboration between the AAGBI, Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Department of Health e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH). A self-learning educational package has been created based on the successful e-Learning for Anaesthesia (e-LA) with a selection of original e-LA sessions and new sessions and videos specifically created for the project by Dr Tei Sheraton and Dr Ollie Ross. The sessions will all be available on one DVD for launch in 2012 and for distribution to anaesthetists in developing countries.
|SAFE Obstetric Anaesthesia Course|
- Dr Kate Grady has developed this three-day refresher course in obstetric anaesthesia on behalf of the AAGBI in consultation with UK obstetric anaesthetists and the WFSA. The course is aimed at non-physician anaesthetists in developing countries and consists of short lectures, interactive sessions and workshops that focus on recognition and management of the leading causes of maternal death in resource poor settings, and includes the principles of the WHO Safe Surgery. The AAGBI and the Uganda Society of Anaesthetists have been successful in obtaining a grant from the British Council International Health Links Funding Scheme to pilot the course and organised a ‘train-the trainers’ course in Uganda in 2011.
We are delighted that we have been awarded further grants from the British Council and the WFSA to roll out training in 2012 in Uganda, Bangladesh and Liberia.
- Read the report from the June 2012 SAFE course in Kampala, Uganda. Read the report here »
- Read the report from the January 2013 SAFE course in Gulu, Uganda. Read the report here »
|Phebe Paramedical Training Programme, Liberia|
- Dr Tei Sheraton and Professor Judith Hall are leading a project to develop a nurse anaesthesia training programme in collaboration with the Department of Health in Liberia, the Phebe School of Anaesthesia in Liberia and the UK charity ‘Mothers of Africa’ Nurse anaesthesia training in Liberia has been disrupted by many years of civil war such that there are now few trained anaesthetists in the country. This project aims to rejuvenate nurse anaesthesia training in Liberia and is supported by a grant from the AAGBI. A two-year nationally recognised curriculum has been devised that will be supported by regular visits from the UK team.
|Zambia-UK Anaesthesia Programme|
- The Tropical Health and Education Trust [THET], UK Department for International Development [DFID], and the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance are working together to develop an MMed physician anaesthesia training programme in Zambia. Professor John Kinnear has been appointed as Programme Head to coordinate development of the curriculum and coordinate short visits from volunteer UK-based anaesthetic trainers. For more information on the project, please contact Emily Measures (Zambia Programme Manager, THET) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For an informal discussion on technical aspects of the project, please contact Dr Iain Wilson (Technical Advisor to the Zambia-UK Programmes, THET) by email at email@example.com
|Kenya Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship Programme|
- Dr Zipporah Gathuya (Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital www.gerties.org) and Dr Mark Newton (Kijabe Hospital www.kijabehospital.org) are leading a paediatric anaesthesia fellowship training programme in Kenya, supported by WFSA, the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI), the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) and the Society for Paediatric Anaesthesia in New Zealand and Australia (SPANZA), and in association with the Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists. The programme organizers are seeking experienced paediatric anaesthetists from overseas to support the training programme as teachers for the first few years. Find out more »