WFSA launches new advocacy campaign for World Anaesthesia Day
The WFSA is proud to announce the launch of our SAFETY: Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody - Today campaign.
The SAFETY campaign seeks to raise awareness about the need to increase the availability of safe anaesthesia and surgical care worldwide, with a long term aim of influencing the policy change and material response. Currently 70% of operating rooms in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have a pulse oximeter, an essential piece of equipment for practicing safe anaesthesia and surgical care. 41% of hospitals in Latin America, and 45% in South Asia face the same crisis.
This World Anaesthesia Day why not unite with anaesthesia providers worldwide to drive change?
The WFSA has partnered with the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists (NSA), South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA), Bangladesh Society of Anaesthesiologists (BSA), international NGO Lifebox Foundation, and the G4 Alliance, to send a ‘SAFETY Campaign Toolkit’ to many thousands of anaesthesia providers and medical professionals.
Anaesthesia providers have been asked to ‘unite for safe anaesthesia’ by printing this banner, taking a photograph of themselves and their location, and uploading it onto social media on World Anaesthesia Day - Friday October 16th 2015.
These images will be collected and made into a large collage that will show the volume, reach and unity of anaesthesiologists around the world, all of which can be used to drive change. #WorldAnaesthesiaDay #SAFETY
Access to safe anaesthesia and influencing change is a global issue. Dr Balavenkat Subramanian, Anaesthesiologist at Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, Southern India explained that:
“India is a diverse country and in some regions infrastructure and facilities are not offering all they could be, although it varies centre to centre. Things have much better in India over the past ten years, however making anaesthesia education more uniform and formulating Indian guidelines for common perioperative issues would aid in safe practice of anaesthesia in India”.
Julian Gore-Booth, Chief Executive of the WFSA explained:
"Safe anaesthesia is not a luxury, it's a human right. As part of its commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 3 and the strengthening of health systems, the WFSA aims to make safe anaesthesia available to all. Add your voice to this campaign and help us to put universal access to safe, affordable and timely surgical care at the forefront of the global health agenda.”
For more information on our Society partners' World Anaesthesia Day celebrations please see below:
The ESA will be tweeting and posting alongside the WFSA on Friday, the Bangladesh Society of Anaesthetists will host a number of events on Friday, the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists has created an informative poster and is sending out to their members, and the Nigerian Society has even been featured in Nigerian news in relation to the SAFETY Campaign!