International Partnerships

Lifebox Foundation

AAGBI is proud to be a co-founder of Lifebox Foundation, the leading charity committed to making surgery safer globally.

In low-resource countries, surgery is never routine – it is urgent, life-saving, and often dangerous.  Anaesthesia mortality is up to a thousand times higher than in the UK, and through the work of Lifebox we have helped to make millions of lives safer.

Lifebox has undertaken a procurement exercise to provide high quality pulse oximeters at low cost to anaesthesia providers in low- and middle-income countries. Many have not been able to access this essential equipment in the past.  We provide training in the use of pulse oximetry and the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist, proven to reduce complications and mortality by more than 40%. The AAGBI has helped to support Lifebox in its mission to bring this intervention to more than 90 countries worldwide.  

Click here to find out how you can get involved in Lifeboxes for Rio, the AAGBI’s flagship campaign for Lifebox and safer surgery worldwide – and visit the Lifebox website or flick through their 2015 annual review to learn more.

Lifebox 40% reduction Link »
Lifebox website Link »
Lifebox 2015 annual review Link »
Lifeboxes for Rio Link »
World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA)

The AAGBI is an active member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA). The WFSA brings together over 120 National Societies and unites anaesthesiologists from over 140 countries. Its mission is to improve patient care and access to safe anaesthesia around the world, and it does this through 4 programmes:

  • Advocacy
  • Education & Training
  • Safety & Quality
  • Innovation & Research

The AAGBI has been particularly involved with the WFSA as a co-founder and supporter of Lifebox, through SAFE and through WFSA's advocacy programme and publications.

Find out more about the work of the WFSA via its website Link »
Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)
International Programmes Department, Royal College of Anaesthetists
The RCoA has a very active International Programmes Department.
It is committed to forging and nurturing relationships with doctors from other countries.
  • It provides advice to International Graduates who wish to work or train in the UK.
  • It acts as sponsor for the Medical Training Initiative (MTI), which allows non-UK/EU doctors to train in the UK for up to two years.
  • The IP is keen to help and advise anaesthetists, especially trainees, to spend time working and/or training in developing countries.
  • The IP is also keen to share our high standards of training and education with doctors from other countries, particularly those which are resource poor.

For more details of the work done by the RCoA >>

For more details of the work done by the RCoA Link »

Health Partnerships

Professor Sir Eldryd Parry established the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) in 1988 to support healthcare training institutions in Africa. THET’s fundamental principles are to provide multidisciplinary support and to respond to needs and goals defined by partners in developing countries.

Over twenty-five years, THET has led, supported and developed the health partnership approach as a basis for effective health workforce strengthening, accessing the vast pool of expertise available within the UK healthcare sector to meet the training and education needs identified by healthcare leaders in low-resource settings. In close collaboration with in-country partners, THET runs health workforce capacity building programmes in Zambia and Somaliland and provides training, advice and grant support to health worker education and training projects involving more than 200 UK and overseas hospitals, universities and professional associations across 29 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

What is a Health Partnership?

A health partnership is a twinning relationship between a health institution in a high-income country and a counterpart health institution in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC). Health partnerships aim to strengthen health services in the LMIC by improving health worker competencies and performance and building institutional capacity. Partners design and implement projects based on needs identified by the LMIC partner. Partnerships are typically between hospitals, universities, training colleges or professional associations and take a variety of approaches to capacity development; such as short-term training courses, fellowships, mentoring, strengthening data systems, curriculum development, task shifting, leadership and management support and improving the patient journey and referral pathways. Through the DFID funded Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) THET provides the financial support and technical expertise necessary to ensure partnership projects are responsive, focused, sustainable and measureable.

THET Resource Library

THET has created an online Resource Library that houses publications, presentations, case studies and toolkits that give advice and guidance on implementing and managing a health partnership successfully.   Anyone who is involved with, or thinking of getting involved with, a health partnership will find the Resource Library useful.

The Resources Library can be accessed by visiting the dedicated Health Partnership Scheme website – 

The Zambia Anaesthesia Development Project (ZADP)

The Zambia Anaesthesia Development Project (ZADP) is a an international health care partnership between the UK and Zambia, designed to mutually benefit anaesthetic registrars from both countries in aspects deficient in their native training schemes.

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