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SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - Join the global campaign!

WHO IPC Logo GIF English 310pxEach year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign run by the World Health Organisation (WHO) aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.

As an organisation in official relations with the WHO, and a global federation of medical professionals, the WFSA hopes that our members will take part in the campaign on Thursday 5th May 2016 to help improve hand hygiene in operating rooms and hospitals around the world.

What can you do?

Download this 'Join Hands for Safe Surgical Care' poster and put it up in your hospital. 

Join ‘clean’ hands with your colleagues and take a photo with the WHO campaign board on or around 5 May.

Share this photo/your support for the #SafeSurgicalHands campaign and for #handhygiene in the operating theatre on Facebook and Twitter. Link to the WFSA's campaign by tagging @WFSAorg and @WHO.

You can also learn more about hand hygiene in hospitals by downloading 'Hand Hygiene and the Surgical Patient Journey' infographic poster and sharing it with your colleagues. 

Further reading:

Hand Hygiene: Why, How & When?

Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework

Volunteering Opportunity Kabul, Afganistan

Position: Anesthetist for a obs & gyne Unit –
French Medical Institute for Children Kabul - Afghanistan opening in September 2016
Mission duration: flexible but as long as possible especially for the first mission

Goals of the maternity:
Ensure Service excellence & CARR standards.
Provide high-quality care to all patients equally; ensure that all treatments are safe, effective and well-coordinated.
Make sure that patients and their families are satisfied with the care provided; and that complaints are timely and appropriately resolved.
Monitor unit clinical indicators and incidents; and address potential issues.
Ensure compliance with JCIA & ISO standards.
Strive for multi-disciplinary teamwork, effective communication, and delivery of holistic care.

Objectives:

  • The central objective is to contribute to improving maternal and neonatal healthcare in Afghanistan by providing exemplary and evidence-based care, training and inter-hospital collaboration
  • To provide a diagnostic center that covers various perinatal specialties including obstetrics, gynecology (except for Cancer) and neonatal medicine
  • To be a leading center for the management of normal pregnancy, normal births and care based on competencies of Afghan midwives
  • To be a leading center for the treatment of obstetrical and neonatal complications in cooperation with health facilities in the region of Kabul
  • To be a leading center for the training and further education of healthcare professionals
  • To develop interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Through the education program, participate in the training of professionals from provinces
  • To develop perinatal research

Requirements:
A female anesthetist is required due to cultural habits
Good proficiency in written and spoken English


Competencies:
Experienced obs & gyne anesthetist, expert in PPH management, spinal anesthesia, epidural analgesia, anesthesia of obs& gyne procedures (coelioscopy included) and competencies in practical teaching and supervising medical and nursing staff
Clinical work: labor room and operating theatre, obs & gyne emergency, consultations, night and WE shifts
Teaching:
Local anesthetists (practical ++++)
Post graduate program in anesthesia
Midwives, nurses etc
Blood bank: clinical supervision,

To apply please send a CV and copy of diploma to Fabienne Degouy: fdegouy@chainedelespoir.org as soon as possible.

ESA coordinates simultaneous ESA On-line Assessment (OLA) in 23 countries

Last Friday, 8th April, the ESA organised biggest ever anaesthesiology online assessment.

European diploma test centreThe ESA On-line Assessment (OLA) was taken simultaneously at 14:00 in 95 centres in 23 countries worldwide. 1,335 anaesthesiologists across Europe and from many non-European countries including China, Brazil and Oman registered for the exam which is an incredible initiative to improve global access to high quality e-learning.

The On-Line Assessment (OLA) is a computer-based online test very similar to the In-Training Assessment (ITA) and the EDAIC Part I Examination. EDAIC was established 31 years ago and over 2,500 anaesthesiologists worldwide have been awarded the diploma which is a recognition of excellence and a high level of training and knowledge.

The online assessment was launched in 2012 during the ESA annual conference in Paris to help young anaesthesiologists, and their heads of department, assess their level of knowledge and training. The examination has grown in importance and is increasingly recognised throughout the world.

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) commends this initiative and is working with the ESA to support the delivery of the examination worldwide. Part 2 of the exam will be coordinated with the WFSA during the CLASA meeting in Uruguay in October 2017.

Applications Open: WFSA Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship, Ganga Hospital, India 2017

Applications are invited for four fellowship training positions at Ganga Medical Centre & Hospital, Coimbatore, India.

The duration of training is 6 months. Two fellowships will start on the 1 January 2017 and two will start on the 1 July 2017.

Ganga Hospital is a 475-bedded tertiary care referral centre for orthopaedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, spine and facio-maxillary surgery. It is a busy institution with 20 operating theatres. The Department of Anaesthesiology specialises in practising and teaching Regional Anaesthesia. The department is equipped with peripheral nerve stimulators and six dedicated ultrasound machines for administering regional blocks. The trainees will have an orientation month followed by five months of clinical responsibility.

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 regional anaesthesia and analgesia.

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 Ganga Hospital 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 Coimbatore, 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.

For more information, please contact the Programme Head, Dr Balavenkat Subramanian drbalavenkat@gmail.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 13th May 2016. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of June 2016.

Applicants must complete the Fellowship Application Form 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

Please send or email the form and documents to Giselle de Castro, Administrative Officer, WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

If scan/ email facilities are not available, documents can be posted to:

Giselle de Castro, Administrative Officer

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

21 Portland Place

London W1B 1PY

United Kingdom

WFSA runs SAFE courses in East Africa following award of THET grant

SAFE Uganda 3The WFSA and the AAGBI recently ran SAFE Paediatric courses in Uganda and Zambia, as well as two SAFE Obstetric courses in Kenya, training local physicians and anaesthetic officers on how to give the safest possible anaesthetic care.

The first of these training events was held between 20th-22nd January 2016 in Masaka, Uganda and involved delegates from Uganda (12), Malawi (2), Zambia (2), Ethiopia (2) and Kenya (6).

Following this course, some of these delegates attended the ‘Training of the Trainers’ course and later joined the faculty to deliver the second three-day SAFE Paediatrics course to 52 Ugandan delegates.

The newly trained faculty from outside of Uganda have therefore had the experience of teaching and coordinating a SAFE Paediatrics course, which they found extremely beneficial in preparation for teaching at their own courses in Zambia and Kenya.

SAFEpaeds Lusaka 80 of 86The first SAFE paediatric course in Zambia was held from 9th-11th February in Lusaka at Chainama College of Health Sciences. A total of 45 Zambian anaesthesia providers were trained during the three day course. Delegates were drawn from across the country and were working at various health care levels in government/public, Mission and Defence force hospitals. Some delegates were from distant hospitals and had to make as long as a two day bus journey in order to attend the course.

Similarly, the SAFE Obstetrics courses were held in Nairobi on 23rd – 26th February and Eldoret on 14th-18th March. They focused on small group teaching to maximise interaction between faculty and the 35 Kenyan participants. The courses in Kenya were based on clinical conditions that currently cause 80% of maternal deaths. Training materials included a manual, videos, protocols, a textbook and drug dose and protocol pocketbook.

The AAGBI (Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland) and the WFSA (World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists) were awarded two grants totalling £295,412 through the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and UK Department for International Development’s Health Partnership Scheme in 2015 to develop obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia in East Africa through the SAFE course. SAFE courses will also run in Malawi and Ethiopia later this year.

Teach the Teachers Ukraine held in February in Kiev

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The latest Teach the Teachers (TTT) course was held in Kiev, Ukraine from 28 Feb- 2 Mar 2016.

The four day event, organised by the WFSA and the Association of Anaesthesiologists of Ukraine, focused on teaching techniques, improving presentation skills, evaluating students and used case studies to engage the participants with the material. The aim of the course was to develop the teaching skills of young teachers and improve the quality of training given to anaesthesiology students across Ukraine.

In total there were 20 teacher participants in the course Teachers from 12 Ukrainian medical universities (predominantly from anaesthesiology and intensive care departments). Six of these were from medical universities in Kiev and another 14 were from different regions around Ukraine.

The organisers are planning a 2-day follow-up education course next year with the same group of students. Additionally each participant of the course will organize and hold Teach the Teachers courses in their own university (or department).

Applications now open: Senior Anaesthesiologist Trainee Volunteering Opportunities in Zambia

  • Zambia Anaesthesia Development Project (ZADP) are looking for senior anaesthesia trainees who have finished or are nearly finished their training, starting February and August 2017. 
  • UK and non-UK International graduates invited to apply.
  • The posts are either for 6 months or a year and there are opportunities for a focus on education or leadership/patient safety.

An opportunity for anaesthesia trainees to join a cross-cultural training experience which aims to promote anaesthetic development in Zambia. Posts either 6 or 12 months. Highlights of the post include exposure to a varied and challenging clinical case mix; education experience including simulation-based teaching and educational resource development; leadership/patient safety including supporting systems changes to improve the quality of perioperative care in Zambia; and the opportunity for involvement in research.

The post has excellent support from UK based ZADP team and local faculty in Zambia, successful applicants can apply for training approval from the UK Royal College of Anaesthetists.

For more information please visit the ZADP website.

To apply please send:
• In no more than 300 words explain why you would like this posting and what you could contribute.
• Curriculum Vitae (less than 5 pages) to the following address zadproject@hotmail.com

Closing date - 22nd April 2016

Interviews will take place at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London in May 2016.

Obituary: Dr. P. Prithvi Raj

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The WFSA is extremely sadened to hear of the passing of Dr. P. Prithvi Raj at the age of 84.

Dr. P. Prithvi Raj passed peacefully away at home on Saturday, the 27th of February, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife Susan, (nee Martin), children Mark (Jennifer), Maya (Steve) Andreadis, and Sarah (Nino) Rosso. He was loved by his seven grandchildren, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. Born in India, he worked and lived in England, Norway and several cities in the United States, eventually retiring in Cincinnati where he founded the University of Cincinnati Pain Clinic from 1979 to1986. He was fortunate to have forged long lasting friendships all over the globe.

Dr. Raj was a world-renowned anesthesiologist and pioneer in the field of regional anesthesia, setting standards for care worldwide. He began his medical training at Mysore Medical College in India and his illustrious career took him around the world. His significant research, many articles, books, lectures and demonstrations on regional anesthesia and pain management proved him to an international leader in the field. He is a founding member of American Society of Regional Anesthesia, Texas Pain Society, and the World Institute of Pain.

Dr. Raj was dedicated to advancing the education and training of the next generation of pain management physicians. Throughout his years, he spread his knowledge to countless pain physicians to fight pain and suffering.

WFSA releases position statement on off-label medicine use

In 2015 the WFSA was approached by a number of anaesthesiologists requesting advice on the use of off-label medicine use as they were concerned that in the event of an adverse outcome following “off-label” medicine use, an anaesthesiologist may be prosecuted or sanctioned in some way.

Many national and regional drug regulatory bodies have issued statements which clarify issues relating to “off-label” medicine use, however there are also many anaesthesiologists working in countries and regions where the situation is unclear. This WFSA position statement, which was developed by the WFSA's Safety & Quality and Paediatric Anaesthesia Committees in February 2016, aims to protect anaesthesiologists who justifiably prescribe and administer medicines “off-label”.

Click here to read the WFSA position statement on off-label medicine use.

WFSA Board, Council & Committee Nominations 2016-2020

The WFSA has written to all Member Societies inviting nominations to the Board, Council and Comittees for the period 2016-2020.

The application form for Council positions can be found here

The application form for Board (officer) positions can be found here

The application form for Committee positions can be found here 

All nominations can be submitted to admin@wfsahq.org and are due by the 29th of February 2016. Nominations must include:

a) The completed application form

b) A short CV and a photo

c) A letter of support from your Society

The call for nominations and further information on the Committees of the WFSA and their mandates can be found here

The call for nominations and further information on the Council can be found here

The call for nominations for re-election to Council and / or election of officers to the Board (along with descriptions of officer roles) can be found here 

Clarification re Double Nominations (applying for more than one role)

The Constitution is silent on this issue, so further to Member Society feedback the WFSA felt it important to clarify that candidates can be nominated to more than 1 position within the organisation's leadership.

Possible combinations could include:

- Being nominated to the Board (an officer position) as well as to the Council

- Being nominated to the Board or Council as well as to a Committee

- Being nominated to 2 Committees

- Nominees for President may also be nominated for a second Board (officer) position

Guidelines:
a) Eligible individuals can be nominated for a maximum of two positions across the Board, Council or Committees.
b) Individuals who are nominated for President may also be nominated for a second officer position, or for a position on Council or a Committee.
c) Individuals who are nominated for any other officer position (Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Programmes, Director of Partnerships) may not be nominated for a second officer position, but may also be nominated for a position on Council or a Committee.
d) In case of one or more double nominations, the election will take place top down. This means that the President(s) will be elected first, then the other Board Officers (Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Programmes, Director of Partnerships), then Council members.

 

 

Applications now open: 2016/2017 WFSA Nairobi Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship

The University of Nairobi is offering up to three Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions starting in September 2016. The duration of the each fellowship is 12 months.

Applications are now invited for scholarships for these positions. The successful applicants will receive funding to cover tuition, accommodation and subsistence living expenses. Funding is provided by the WFSA, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (USA) and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

Fellows will rotate through Kenyatta National Hospital, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Mater Hospital, Kijabe Hospital and CURE Kenya Orthopaedic Hospital. Teaching will be provided by local faculty and a number of visiting overseas specialists.

All applicants must be be registered medical practitioners in their country of origin and eligible for registration with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. Once the WFSA application process is approved, applicants will also need to apply directly to the University of Nairobi. This will be facilitated by the course coordinator.

Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists aged 40 years or younger who are working in Central and East African countries. Older anaesthesiologists and those working in other African countries may apply and the selection panel will consider each applicant’s place of work and other factors when making its decision.

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 their head department or hospital management
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post
• Should be working in a teaching hospital

For more information, please contact the course coordinator, Dr Mark Gacii gaciimark@gmail.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 30th May 2016. Successful applicants will be advised about the separate University of Nairobi application process in mid-May.

Applicants must complete the Fellowship Application Form 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 anaesthesiology qualification
• Copy of photograph page of Passport

Please send or email the form and documents to Giselle de Castro, Administrative Officer, WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

If scan/ email facilities are not available, documents can be posted to:
Giselle de Castro, Administrative Officer
World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists
21 Portland Place
London W1B 1PY
United Kingdom

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