The Safer Anaesthesia from Education (SAFE) course has been developed collaboratively by the Association and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA). It has been extensively piloted by a team of trainers under the leadership of the SAFE Steering group.

SAFE is a modular training course which can be run over two or three days in obstetric or paediatric anaesthesia for physician or non-physician anaesthesia providers in low-income countries. Other variants are under development. 

The steering group invites applications for funding to deliver the SAFE course from appropriately experienced Faculty Leaders who have completed a SAFE train the trainer course and taught or attended a SAFE course previously. For quality control and to maintain standards the course should be delivered as set out in the manual with faculty of the recommended size and level of experience in relation to student numbers.  SAFE courses have been delivered in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Columbia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and we welcome applications for grant funding to run SAFE in other lower resource countries according to the criteria set out below. Preference will be given to projects based in Africa.

Applications for funding to deliver the SAFE course

All SAFE course proposals require consideration by the SAFE Steering Group. Applications must be submitted prior to the deadlines shown below. Retrospective funding is not permitted.

SAFE Steering Group meeting Dates of project Deadline for applications
21 June 2019 1 July 2019 - 1 July 2020 23 May 2019
31 August 2019 1 October 2019 - 1 October 2020 2 August 2019


Guidelines for applicants

  • Applications are welcomed from anaesthetists in Great Britain and Ireland
  • Applications must be submitted in the name of the course/faculty leader, and include the names of all anaesthetic faculty members to be involved in the course who require funding.
  • All individuals included in the application should be integral to the proposed course and their involvement must be described
  • Applications will not be considered retrospectively, please ensure you apply for funding before the start of your course.
  • Applicants must ensure they have completed the form in full and attached all of the requested documentation outlined in the checklist noted on the final page of each application form. CVs of all anaesthetists requesting funding MUST be included in the application. Applications will be rejected if they are not fully complete.
  • Those holding trainee appointments should have a consultant (or equivalent) as referee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to organise this.
  • UK faculty are expected to contribute to their own travel costs (50%), in line with the principles applied to IRC grants
  • Applications from charitable organisations or NGOs must be submitted in the name of the organisation not the individual. 
  • Charitable financial contributions to other charities or organisations are excluded from funding applications
  • Applicants who are successful are required to write a 500 word report including evaluation and feedback from participants in training to be uploaded to the Association website.

Please ensure that you use the following application form for all SAFE Project funding requests - download the application form>>