WFSA Receives $430,000 USD Grant from the Laerdal Foundation to strengthening obstetric anaesthesia care in low income countries
The WFSA is extremely pleased to announce the award of $430,000 USD from the Laerdal Foundation. This amount will be used to fund the ‘Better Births, Safer Births, SAFE Anaesthesia’ initiative in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Nepal to train non-physician anaesthetists lifesaving interventions through the SAFE (Safer Anaesthesia From Education) Obstetrics course.
This training responds to the under-resourced anaesthesia framework in low resource settings, where only a small number of physician anaesthetists working within the country and the majority of obstetric anaesthesia being delivered by non-physician anaesthetists. These clinical officers receive minimal or no continuing professional development.
The SAFE Obstetrics course, which was developed specifically to respond to this need, has been successfully rolled out in countries around the world. Over three days the course addresses the core and extended roles of the anaesthetist in obstetric emergencies. The clinical scenarios are based on the conditions causing 80% of maternal deaths: haemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, obstructed labour, the complications of abortion and complications of anaesthesia and also covers early newborn care including resuscitation.
“This is such an important step forward for our co-operation and for mothers and babies”, Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, WFSA President-Elect explained. “The WFSA is thrilled to be part of this, and I am looking forward to the continuation of our activities together with the Laerdal Foundation”.
Tore Laerdal, Laedal Foundation Executive Director, announced the partnership as part of his Harold Griffith keynote lecture at the 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists last month. The partnership secures the Laerdal Foundation’s position as one of the first WFSA Global Impact Partners, strengthening collaboration between the WFSA and the Laerdal Foundation.
To find out more about the SAFE Courses please click here.