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Ya está abierto el período para enviar aplicaciones para becas de entrenamiento en anestesia Pediátrica en Santiago, Chile, en el 2018/Applications now open for WFSA-CLASA Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Santiago, Chile, 2018

Se invita a enviar aplicaciones para dos becas de entrenamiento en anestesia pediátrica en el 2018 en el Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna, Santiago, Chile. La duración de cada beca es de seis meses. La primera iniciará el 1º de Abril de 2018 y la segunda empezará el 1º de Octubre de 2018.

Estas becas de entrenamiento están dirigidas a Anestesiólogos Latinoamericanos ya graduados quienes estén trabajando, idealmente, en un hospital público y estén involucrados en la enseñanza en anestesia. Se dará preferencia a los anestesiólogos mas jóvenes y a aquellos que trabajan en sitios de bajos recursos.

Los aspirantes deberán cumplir los siguientes criterios:
• Su aplicación debe estar apoyada por su propia SOCIEDAD NACIONAL DE ANESTESIA
• Su aplicación debe estar apoyada por el Jefe / Director del Departamento / Servicio de Anestesia
• Debe demostrar que va a retornar a su país de origen a un cargo reconocido
• Debería estar trabajando en un Hospital Docente preferiblemente.

Las becas ofrecen fondos para costo de inscripción, alojamiento y gastos de subsistencia. Para mas información, favor contactar a la directora del programa, Dra. Silvana Cavallieri, scavallierib@gmail.com

Como aplicar:
La fecha de cierre del período de recepción de aplicaciones es el 30 de Septiembre de 2017. Los aspirantes que resulten seleccionados serán notificados a mediados de octubre. Los aspirantes deben completar la aplicación en línea (here) aquí y suministrar todos los documentos de la lista que aparece al final del formato de aplicación:

• Curriculum vitae con una foto reciente y los nombres de dos referencias personales
• Carta de recomendación de la SOCIEDAD NACIONAL DE ANESTESIA a la que pertenece el aspirante
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe de Departamento / Servicio o del Director del Hospital donde trabaja el aspirante
• Copia del título de médico
• Copia del título de especialista en Anestesia
• Copia de la página con la información y la foto del pasaporte

Los aspirantes que resulten seleccionados deben confirmar su intención de tomar la beca dentro de los dos (2) días siguientes a la notificación. El no hacerlo resultará en que la beca le será ofrecida al siguiente aspirante. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor envíe un email a la oficial de Administración de la WFSA, Giselle De Castro, admin@wfsahq.org

Los aspirantes seleccionados deberán presentar también a las autoridades del Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna los siguientes requisitos, los cuales son esenciales para realizar una rotación con práctica clínica en pacientes en cualquier hospital en Chile.

El certificado de título de Especialista legalizado en el Consulado de Chile en el país de origen. Dicho documento se deberá presentar en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Chile, el cual emitirá un certificado de registro de título, el que deberá ser presentado en la Unidad de Capacitación Docencia del Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna. Para este último trámite, el interesado debe pedir una hora de atención, a través de la página en internet, del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, (www.minrel.gob.cl)

Currículum vitae.

Certificado de vacunación contra virus hepatitis B (VHB).

Seguro de asistencia en viajes.

Applications are invited for two paediatric anaesthesia fellowship training positions in 2018 at the Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital in Santiago, Chile

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. One will start on 1st April 2018 and the other will start on 1st October 2018. The fellowships are intended for graduated Latin American anaesthesiologists who are, ideally, working in a public hospital and involved in anaesthesia education. Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists and those working in low resource settings.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:
• Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthesiology society
• Must be supported in their application by the chief / head of their home department
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post
• Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital.

The fellowship offers funding for tuition costs, accommodation and subsistence living expenses. For more information, please contact the programme head, Dr Silvana Cavallieri, scavallierib@gmail.com

How to apply:
The closing date for applications is 30th September 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-October. Applicants must complete the online application form here and provide all the documents listed at the end of the form:

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant's national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant's head of department or hospital management
• Copy of medical degree
• Copy of specialist anaesthetic qualification
• Copy of photograph page of passport

Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant. If you have any questions please email Admin Officer, Giselle De Castro, at WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

Successful applicants must also show to the Luis Calvo Mackenna´s authorities the following requirements, that are essential to perform a rotation with practice in patients in any hospital in Chile:

• Specialist anaesthetic qualification legalized at the Chilean Consulate in the country of origin. This document must be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile, which will issue a certificate of title registration, which must be presented at the Teaching Training Unit of the Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital. For this last process, the interested party should ask for an appointment through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.minrel.gob.cl/)
• Curriculum vitae
• Valid certificate of vaccination against hepatitis B virus and Health insurance for the whole period of the training.

Applications open: WFSA Baxter & WFSA Gradian Scholarships for All Africa Anaesthesia Congress, 20-24th November 2017, Abuja, Nigeria

All Africa congressBaxter & Gradian are generously providing sponsorship for young anaesthesiologists from Africa to attend the 6th All Africa Anaesthesia congress, 20 – 24th November in Abuja, Nigeria. The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. 

WFSA-Baxter & WFSA-Gradian Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the AAAC. The WFSA Africa Regional Section will generously be providing free registration to all scholars.

Scholarship criteria:

• Applicants must currently be working in Africa. Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists under 40.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society.
• Preference will be given to applicants who will be presenting a paper or poster during the conference
• Preference will also be given to applicants who have completed training within the last 10 years and are working in government or teaching hospitals.

How to Apply:

• The deadline for applications is the 11th September 2017. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload your two letters of recommendation and a copy of your passport.
• Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by the WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end of September 2017.
• Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant.
• Applicants must be able to attend for the full duration of the congress.

Applications Open: 2017 WFSA Pain Management Fellowship, South Africa

Deadline for applications: 15th August 2017. Applications are invited for fellowship positions in the Republic of South Africa. The planned start date of the fellowships is 1 October 2017 and the duration of training is 3 months.

The fellowships are intended for African doctors working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in Pain Management and who are willing to share their expertise in their country of origin. The successful candidate must agree to return to his/her country for a minimum period of one year and to contribute to the development of pain services for those in need.

The training consists of clinical rotations in University training centres in South Africa. The fellows will have the opportunity to learn from leading pain clinicians and also observe the clinician-patient interactions in these centres.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Medical doctor registered and in good standing with the regulatory authority in the country where he/she works
• Specialty qualification in Anaesthesiology, Neurology, Internal Medicine or Psychiatry
• Must be supported in their application by department head or hospital management

What the fellowship offers:

• Return economy class airfare to South Africa
• Domestic travel between training centres in South Africa
• Daily stipend to assist with travel and meal requirements
• Accommodation in hospital quarters (or equivalent) for the duration of the fellowship

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 15th August 2017. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of September 2017. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload the following documents.

• Curriculum vitae with 1 recent photo and the names and contact details of two referees
• Copy of medical doctor qualification
• Copy of speciality qualification (either Anaesthesiology, Neurology, Internal Medicine or Psychiatry)
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s head of department or hospital management
• Letter of recommendation from national society or IASP chapter

Applications will be considered by a selection panel selected by the WFSA and Pain SA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end of September 2017. Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant.

If you have any questions please email Admin Officer, Giselle De Castro, at WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

Applications Open: Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowships at Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, 2018

Applications are invited for two fellowship training positions in 2018 at Christian Medical College, Vellore. Christian Medical College, Vellore (www.cmch-vellore.edu) is situated in Tamil Nadu, South India. It is a 2,400-bed, multi-specialty, tertiary care university teaching hospital, with all facilities under one roof.

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. One will start on 1 March 2018, and the other will start on 1 September 2018.

The fellowships are intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric anaesthesia. Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists working in SAARC member countries but older applicants and applicants from other parts of Asia or further afield will also be considered. Applicants must be able to read and communicate in English reasonably well.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthesiology society
• Must be supported in their application by the chief / head of their home department
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post
• Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital

The fellowship offers funding for tuition costs, accommodation and subsistence living expenses.

The successful applicant will be required to apply for temporary registration with the Medical Council of India during the training period and obtain medical insurance covering the duration of the fellowship.

For more information, please contact the programme head, Dr Sajan Phillip George drsajanphilip@gmail.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 22nd August. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of September.
Applicants must complete the online application form here and provide all the documents listed at the end of the form:

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant's national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant's head of department or hospital management
• Copy of medical degree
• Copy of specialist anaesthetic qualification
• Copy of photograph page of passport

Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant. If you have any questions please email Admin Officer, Giselle De Castro, at WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

Applications Open: Mumbai Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship, Children’s Anaesthesia Services, Mumbai, India, 2018

Applications are invited for two fellowship positions at Children’s Anaesthesia Services, Mumbai, India. The duration of training is 6 months and the anticipated start date is 1 January 2018.

Children’s Anaesthesia Services (CAS), Mumbai is a group practice which provides paediatric anaesthesia care for a group of hospitals in Mumbai. CAS is run by three directors: Dr Vrushali Ponde (mainly affiliated to Surya Children’s Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Holy Spirit Hospital and Hinduja Health Care Surgical Hospital), Dr Dilip Chavan (mainly affiliated to Jupiter Hospital and Institute of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery) and Dr Ankit Desai (affiliated to Astha Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital). Team CAS also consist of two consultants Dr Anuya Gursale and Dr Kiran Patel. We provide paediatric anesthesia service in all tiers of health care. Please see www.casmumbai.com for more information. CAS is equipped with the latest technology in terms of anaesthesia machines and monitors. Ultrasound machines and peripheral nerve stimulators are available for training in regional anaesthesia, venous cannulation etc.

The fellowships are intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings in Asia or Africa who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric anaesthesia and paediatric regional anaesthesia.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthesiology society
• Must be supported in their application by the chief/head of their home department
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post
• Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital
• Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists working in Asia or Africa

Fellows will receive a stipend from Children’s Anaesthesia Services to cover accommodation and living expenses. The WFSA will provide funding to cover the cost of return travel from the fellow's home country to Mumbai, India.

The successful applicants will be required to register with the Medical Council of India and obtain medical insurance covering the duration of the fellowship.

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 21st August. The successful applicant will be notified before the end of September. Applicants must complete the online application form here and provide all the documents listed at the end of the form:

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant's national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant's head of department or hospital management
• Copy of medical degree
• Copy of photograph page of passport
• Copy of specialist anaesthetic qualification

Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant. If you have any questions please email Admin Officer, Giselle De Castro, at WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

Applications Open: 2018 WFSA BARTC Fellowship, Bangkok, Thailand

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 General Anesthesia Fellowship at the Bangkok Anesthesia Regional Training Centre (BARTC). The fellowship is open to anaesthesiologists from Asian countries.

Trainees will study full time for 1 year in the Department of Anesthesiology of the hospitals designated in the program. They will spend the first 6 months in a medical school hospital in Bangkok, and then 4 months in 2 provincial hospitals. The last month will be back to the medical school to prepare for and sit the final examination. The trainees will have hands-­on training in the operating rooms, and will be allowed to take part in patient care.

This programme is taught in English, to enable the training of trainees from various countries, targeted for the Asian region. However, communication with Thai patients needs understanding of Thai language, and it is strongly encouraged that trainees try to get at least preliminary use of Thai language in their homeland, before leaving for Bangkok.

How to apply:
The trainee will have to submit documents in advance to prove that he/she has:

1. A permanent post in a government teaching hospital.
2. A degree in medicine.
3. Good spoken and written English language skills.
4. Prior experience in anesthesia for at least 3 years in his/her own country (evidence of previous training, number of cases and techniques done in the last 3 years).

Applicants will be interviewed via telephone.

The fellowship will commence on 15 January 2018, and will last for 1 year. The closing deadline for applications is 5th September 2017.

Download more fellowship information, as well as the application form here.

Please send completed application forms and direct any enquiries to the Programme Head:

Professor Jariya Lertakyamanee

WFSA-­‐BARTC
Department of Anesthesiology
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital,
Mahidol University, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Fax 662-­‐411-­‐3256
E-­‐mail: jariya130753@gmail.com

Applications open: WFSA Masimo Telangana Scholarships for American Society of Anaesthesia Congress, Anaesthesiology 2017, 21st – 25th October, Boston

Masimo is generously providing sponsorship for four young anaesthesiologists from Telangana to attend the annual ASA congress, Anaesthesiology 2017 in Boston, USA. The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. More information on the congress can be found here. WFSA-Masimo Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the Boston Congress. The scholarship will cover ASA registration, airfare and accomodation. 

Scholarship criteria:

• Applicants must currently be working in Telangana state, India.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists.
• Preference will be given to applicants who will be presenting a paper or poster during the conference
• Preference will also be given to applicants who have completed training within the last 10 years and are working in government or teaching hospitals.

How to Apply:

• The deadline for applications is the 15th August 2017. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload your two letters of recommendation and a copy of the photo page of your passport.
• Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by the WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end of August 2017.
• Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant.

Applications now open: WFSA Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship 2018, Nigeria

Applications are invited for two 6-month Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions starting in January 2018 at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria.

LUTH is a 770 bed teaching hospital with 3 paediatric wards and 1 paediatric surgical ward, a 5 bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 38-bed neonatal ward, a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), as well as a 26 bed-space children’s emergency room and 12 operating theatres. UCH is a tertiary teaching hospital with 888 beds. The 15 bed ICU consists of 8 ventilated and monitored beds. Other facilities in this hospital include a SCBU (30 beds), 4 paediatric wards and 1 paediatric surgical ward as well as a Children’s Emergency Ward. Over 2,500 children are seen and treated annually in the Children’s Emergency Ward.

The duration of the fellowship is 6 months. The start date is expected to be 2 January 2018. The programme head is Prof Ronke Desalu.
The programme is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric anaesthesia. Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists aged 40 years or younger who are working in African countries. Older anaesthesiologists may apply and the selection panel will consider each applicant’s place of work and other factors when making its decision.

Applications from anaesthesiologists working in Federal Medical Centres in Nigeria may be given priority.
Applicants should fit the following criteria:

- Must be supported in their application by the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists or their own national anaesthetic society
- Must be supported in their application by the chief/head of their home department
- Must be returning to their home country to a recognised post

The fellowship offers to fund for accommodation and a contribution towards living expenses.
For more information, please contact Prof Ronke Desalu at ronkedesalu@yahoo.com

How to apply:
The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2017. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload the following documents.

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s head of department or hospital management
• Copy of medical degree
• Copy of specialist anaesthesiology qualification
• Copy of photograph page of Passport

Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end of September 2017.
Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant. If you have any questions please email Admin Officer, Giselle De Castro, at WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards 2017 Announced

*APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN*

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The WFSA and Fresenius Kabi are delighted to launch a unique innovation development awards programme which identifies and supports the development of innovations that have the potential to transform the field of anaesthesia and improve patient safety worldwide. The project is a three year project, with one award given per year until 2020.

Encouraging applications from around the world, the WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards will identify innovations in the field of anaesthesia which have the potential to benefit patients worldwide. Innovations can relate to anaesthesia, critical care or pain and be:

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• A new product/ device
• An IT innovation
• A new techniques or solution of a problem
• An innovation in education or training in anaesthesiology


Successful awardees will be offered:
• A grant of up to $25,000 which must be spent on activities which will develop and help take the product or technology to a stage at which it is sufficiently developed to be brought to market or be attractive to follow-on funders or investors. Activities could include but are not limited to research consultancy, development of a prototype, small scale production, user testing, and marketing/business advice and will be determined in partnership with the WFSA Innovation Mentor.
• Input and feedback on their project from a panel of WFSA and Fresenius Kabi specialists
• A WFSA Innovation Mentor and Fresenius Kabi Business Mentor
• The opportunity to have a short promotional film made about their innovation
• An invitation to attend the WCA 2020 and contribute to the scientific programme

Eligibility of Applicants:
• Applications will only be accepted from individual anaesthesiologists who are nationals or residents of countries that have a national or regional society membership of the WFSA. A full list can be found here. An anaesthesiologist is a qualified specialist physician who has completed a nationally recognised medical training programme in anaesthesiology.
• If the application is made on behalf of a group, please choose one member of the group who would lead or represent the group.
• In submitting your application, you confirm that you are eligible to do so. The WFSA may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to apply.
• There is a limit of one application per person.
• The WFSA reserves all rights to disqualify you if you do not have the rights to the submission that you have made and the subject of such submission.
• All applicants must have read and agreed to the Terms & Conditions of the award.

How to Apply:
Please complete your online application here. You will need to provide details of your innovation as well as the progress you have made so far and any further supporting information in regards to your innovation you would like to add.

Applicants will be assessed by a panel of judges led by the WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee, and successful applicants will be notified before the 15th of November.

The deadline for applications is the 15th October 2017. Please complete your online application here.

Applications Open for WFSA-Baxter and WFSA-Cristalia Scholarships: 2017 CLASA Congress

Applications Open for WFSA-Baxter & WFSA-Cristalia Scholarships: 2017 CLASA Congress

CLASA Congress, Montevideo, Uruguay, 8-11 October 2017

Baxter Healthcare Ltd & Cristalia are generously providing sponsorship for a number of young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries to attend the 34th Regional Confederation of Latin American Societies of Anaesthesiologists (CLASA) Congress in Uruguay from the 8-11 October 2017.
The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. WFSA-Baxter Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the Congress.

Scholarship criteria:

• The applicant must be living and working in a CLASA-WFSA member country.
• Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society and Head of Department / Hospital Manager.
• Preference will be given to applicants who present a paper or poster during the conference.
• Preference will also be given to applicants who have completed training within the last 10 years and are working in teaching hospitals.

How to Apply:
Applicants must complete and submit an online application form here, along with a letter of support from your National Society and Head of Department / Hospital Manager by 30th July 2017. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of August 2017.

Se abre un período de solicitud de becas WFSA-Baxter y WFSA-Cristalia: CLASA 2017 Congress

Congreso CLASA, Punta del Este, Uruguay, 8-11 de Octubre 2017
Baxter Healthcare Ltd y Cristalia está proporcionando generosamente patrocinio para algunos anestesiólogos jóvenes de países con menos ingresos económicos para asistir al XXXIV Congreso de la Regional Confederación Latinaomericana de Sociedades de Anestesiología (CLASA ) 2017 en Punta del Este, Uruguay, del 8 al 11 de Octubre 2017

El objetivo del programa de becas es identificar y desarrollar futuros líderes en Anestesiología. Los becarios WFSA-Baxter adquirirán nuevos conocimientos y ganarán muchos contactos y amigos durante el Congreso CLASA.

Criterios de la Becas
• Los aspirantes deben vivir y trabajar en un país miembro de la CLASA-WFSA.
• Se le dará prioridad a los anestesiólogos más jóvenes.
• La aplicación debe estar acompañada por una carta de recomendación de la Sociedad Nacional de Anestesiología del aspirante y de su Jefe de Departamento / Director del Hospital.
• Se le dará prioridad a los aspirantes quienes presenten un trabajo o poster durante el congreso.
• Se le dará prioridad también a los aspirantes que hayan completado su entrenamiento dentro de los últimos 10 años y estén trabajando en hospitales docentes.

Como aplicar:
Los aspirantes deben completar y remitir por email un formato de aplicación aquí suministrado, junto con una carta de apoyo de su Sociedad Nacional de Anestesiología y del Jefe de Departamento / Director del Hospital antes del 30 de Julio de 2017.
Los aspirantes ganadores serán informados a finales de agosto de 2017.

Safe anaesthesia in the South Asian Region: Reflections on safety at the SAARC-AA Congress

yimg vw0TL8 640x328The 12th SAARC-AA (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation- Association of Anaesthesiologists) Congress was hosted by the College of Anaesthesiologists & Intensivists of Sri Lanka, from 22nd to 26th February. The session on “Safety Issues in SAARC Region” was chaired by Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, President Elect of the WFSA and opened with a presentation from Dr K. Indraratna, President of College of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists of Sri Lanka. Interestingly, many of the topics Dr Indraratna raised during his presentation were echoed by the other speakers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

He explained that the key factor affecting anaesthetic patient safety in Sri Lanka was lack of human resources. The College of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka have tried to tackle some of these issues by looking at the staffing needs of the country in future, and developing a plan to have 315 consultants by 2025. Dr BB Mishra, President of the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists, echoed Dr Indraratna’s comments highlighting the shortage of qualified anaesthesiologists in India, particularly as most providers are working in urban areas, leaving many rural areas without adequate anaesthesia care.

Dr M. Hamid, Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology at Aga Khan University, explained that the trained anaesthetic manpower in Pakistan has not kept pace with surgical manpower. According to the 2012 National Health Facility Assessment Report many District Headquarter Hospitals either have a single anaesthetist catering to the full surgical workload (42%) or no anaesthetists (44%). Only 14% hospitals had two or more anaesthetists.

IMG 20170225 121006 01 1Similarly, the representatives from India and Bangladesh explained that these workforce shortages are particularly challenging in rural settings, with urban/rural divides existing. Professor D Banik, from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujeeb Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, touched on the role of Bangladesh government who are trying to increase numbers of providers and to provide anaesthesia services in rural areas by giving training of 6-12 months, which is only an interim solution. A rough estimate given was that 600,000-700,000 surgical procedures annually result in around 300-400 deaths and 6,000-8,000 complications per year. He added that the high workload of anaesthetists, and their low remuneration, was also a problem that must be addressed.

Other issues highlighted at the event were the unavailability of essential equipment and medicines, equipment failures, unavailability of technical support, drug errors, overburdened health care systems, out of hour’s surgery, and a lack of uniform standard guidelines and safety standards.

However, to improve these issues, and issues relating to fatigue due to overwork, Dr M. Hamid emphasized the need to develop a culture of safety. Professor Resham Rana from Nepal also discussed improvements needed in monitoring and supervision, within this culture of safety, as well as improving team communications, improving quality processes, frequent peer reviews, enhancing knowledge and skills, maintaining records and statistics of anaesthesia services and focusing on the training of anaesthesia assistants. Recommendations from other speakers included implementing health policy system changes to tackle issues, encouraging young doctors to choose anaesthesiology as a speciality and better remuneration for physician anaesthesiologists.

The session was followed by a lively discussion which was valuable in highlighting the similar issues faced across South Asia. Many of the problems related anaesthesia safety in this region are common, and apart from learning from each other, these conferences are an opportunity to take things forward. A “Safety Group” was proposed in the Executive Committee meeting of SAARC-AA with the goal of creating common strategies to tackle these issues at regional level, and so safety is at the heart of the work SAARC-AA will be undertaking in the near future.

Photo: WFSA Baxter Scholars and Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, WFSA President-Elect, at the 12th SAARC-AA Conference.

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