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Applications Open: 2016 South Africa Pain Management Fellowship

Deadline for applications: 18th March 2016

Applications are invited for fellowship positions in the Republic of South Africa. The planned start date of the fellowships is 1 June 2016 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 and to contribute to the development of pain services for those in need.

The training consists of:

• 6 week rotation in Durban, where the trainee will work in a University Teaching Hospital specialising in acute and chronic pain therapy

• 6 week rotation in Bloemfontein, where the trainee will work in a University Teaching Hospital

The successful candidate must be registered as a foreign trainee with the Health Professions Council of South Africa before he/she starts the fellowship.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Medical doctor registered 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 Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town
• Daily stipend of ZAR 100-00 for the three month training period
• Accommodation in doctors quarters (or equivalent) for the duration of the fellowship

For more information, please contact the programme head, Dr Milton Raff (raffs@iafrica.com).

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 18th March 2016. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of April 2016.

Applicants must complete the Fellowship Application Form and provide all documents listed at the end of the form:

• Curriculum vitae with 1 recent photo and the names and contact details of two referees
• Copy of medical doctor qualification
• Copy of specialty 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
• Certificate of Good Standing from your medical registration authority

Please 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

Applications open: WFSA-Baxter & AAGBI Scholarships for World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA), 28th Aug - 2nd Sept 2016, Hong Kong

The WFSA is excited to announce the opportunity for young anaesthesiologists from low and middle income countries to attend the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists, 28th August – 2nd September in Hong Kong, thanks to the generous support of Baxter Healthcare Ltd.

baxter logoThe WFSA-Baxter Scholarship programme has been developed to identify and develop future leaders in Anaesthesiology. Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the WCA. The selected scholars will be invited to join WFSA-Baxter alumni network and will be encouraged to contribute to WFSA activities in the future.

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We are excited to announce two additional scholarships for applicants from Uganda that are being supported by the AAGBI. Candidates should use the same application form and process as indicated below.

The World Congress is the Olympics of the Anaesthesia world, keenly anticipated as it travels the globe and a wonderful occasion to bring all the international practitioners of our specialty together. Although our backgrounds and resources may be very different, we all face similar problems and challenges in providing the very best care to our patients. WCA is the preeminent Anaesthesia congress and only takes place every four years. We will have 17 different scientific tracks organised by leaders in each field, together with symposia on Anaesthesia and Cancer, Obesity and Sleep Medicine. The aim is to provide first-rate, global, scientific content that is also clinically relevant with a strong practical emphasis.

Scholarship criteria:
• Preference will also be given to younger applicants who have completed training within the last 10 years and are working in teaching hospitals.
• Preference will be given to those working in low and middle income countries.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society.
• Preference will be given to applicants who present a paper or poster during the conference.

The scholarship will cover:
• Return airfares
• Transit accommodation (if required)
• Accommodation in Hong Kong
• Conference registration

Notes

• All airfares and transit accommodation (if required) will be booked by WFSA travel consultants. Overland travel costs will be considered if cheaper or more convenient than airfares.
• The successful applicant is responsible for organising and paying for:
o Travel visas or other documentation
o Travel to and from the airport of departure
o Appropriate travel and health insurance
o All other costs, including income taxes or other fees
• The scholar is required to submit a report, no later than one month after the conference. The report should include an outline of conference activities, comments on how the scholar benefited from the conference, how he/she intends to share new knowledge and how this knowledge will improve the practice of anaesthesiology in his/her home country. The report should also include a photo of the scholar with his/her poster.

Application process
• All applications must be submitted by email to Giselle de Castro admin@wfsahq.org by the 15th March 2016.
• Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA (applicants from Uganda will also be considered by the AAGBI), and successful applicants will be informed by late-April.
• Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 7 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant.

Application documents
• Please fill in the application form and email to admin@wfsahq.org. If possible, please type your answers in the table.
• Please also include a letter of recommendation from your National Anaesthesiology Society and your Head of Department/ Hospital Manager.

WFSA Awarded €10,000 grant to launch training programme in Senegal

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The WFSA is proud to announce the award of a €10,000 grant from the Air Liquide Foundation to part-fund our obstetric training project which seeks to improve obstetric care in Senegal, working at the largest maternity centre in the region, the King Baudouin Centre, located in a suburb of Dakar.

Maternal and infant mortality is extremely high in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Senegal there are 2,100 neonatal deaths and 315 maternal deaths per 100,000 births. This is a stark comparison to an average of 4 neonatal deaths and 17 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in high income countries. These high figures are related to a lack of infrastructure and monitoring equipment, but also a lack of training in the management of obstetric emergencies in the country.

1j96zloc1et9ncimh6wqjrq2mbpl5w0fkojtar1gfk442kl9fSimilar to a project carried out by the WFSA in Lome, Togo in February 2015 (also part funded by the Air Liquide Foundation), the Senegal project will first assess the medical and health situation, as well as the equipment needs in the region. Access to medical gases - particularly oxygen, and the availability of ventilation equipment and simple monitoring - particularly pulse oximeters, will be evaluated. The project will be organised by Professor Philippe Scherpereel, WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee Chair.

Three trainers (two obstetric anaesthesiology specialists and a specialist in newborn resuscitation in the delivery room) will provide initial and ongoing training to caregivers in the field of emergency obstetric and neonatal anaesthesia. Participants will also receive training kits, tailored to local needs

The grant from Air Liquide will go towards travel expenses for the three trainers and the provision of basic medical equipment for the course.

Applications are now open for WFSA/IASP 2016 Pain Management fellowship, Bangkok, Thailand

Applications are now invited for two 1 year fellowships in Pain Management at the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital in 2016. The successful applicants will receive funding to cover tuition, accommodation, flights and subsistence living expenses provided by the WFSA & IASP. The fellowship will begin in August 2016 to July 2017. The fellowship is 12 months in order to ensure the trainee has knowledge and skill in pain management and is able to perform useful procedures and techniques.

The fellowship accepts 2 doctors to undergo the fellowship in Pain Management each year. The scholarships regularly provide for Southeast Asia countries (ASEAN + Mongolia are the priority targets for this program).

The deadline for applications is the 29 February 2016, and considered by the Hospital Board Committee meeting for their consideration, all successful candidates will be informed by the end of March 2015.

The fellowship application form is here; further information about the fellowship and how to apply is here.
You can also contact the programmes head on Mr. Puttinant Rungsunlohakul on irsiriraj@gmail.com.

Pre-Announcement of Applications for 2016 Singapore Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship

Applications for a fellowship training position in 2016 at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore will open mid-April 2016 and close in Mid-May 2016. The intended start date is 1 November 2016 (dependent on registration with the Singapore Medical Council) and the duration of the fellowship is 12 months.

The fellowship is intended for a young anaesthesiologist working in a low resource setting in Asia or Africa. Applicants will be required to have a valid IELTS or equivalent English language test in order to be considered for this fellowship.

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) is the largest hospital specialising in healthcare for women and children in Singapore. The Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia has over 20 consultant anaesthetists and provides complete anaesthetic cover for all elective and emergency operations for children ranging in age from newborns to teenagers. Around 7000 paediatric operations are performed per year

The fellow will receive a stipend from KKH 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 Singapore.

For further information on this fellowship please contact the WFSA Programme Manager Aaliya Ahmed at programmes@wfsahq.org

Please continue to check the website for further information, member societies will also be informed directly.

Applications open: 2016 WFSA Baxter Scholarships for Euroanaesthesia, 28 – 30 May, London

Baxter Healthcare Ltd is generously providing sponsorship for a number of young anaesthesiologists from less 

Baxter logoaffluent countries to attend the 2016 European Anaesthesiology Congress, Euroanaesthesia 2016. 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 London Congress.

Scholarship criteria:

• Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists working in Central and Eastern Europe.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the 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 teaching hospitals.

How to Apply:

Please complete the Scholarship application form and submit, along with a letter of support from your National Society, by email to Giselle de Castro at admin@wfsahq.org by the 11th March 2016. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of March 2016.

 

Applications now open: 2016 WFSA New Delhi Thoracic Anaesthesia Fellowship

Applications are invited for a thoracic anaesthesia fellowship position at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, India.

The anticipated start date of the fellowship is July 2016 and the duration of training will be six months. The main aim of the fellowship is to provide training in thoracic anaesthesia, but there will also be opportunities to get experience in cardiac anaesthesia and cardiothoracic intensive care.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is a 675-bedded superspecialty hospital situated in New Delhi, India. It has been running postgraduate training (DNB) in a range of specialties since 1988. The Department of Anaesthesia started its DNB (Anaesthesia) programme in 1991 and five students are enrolled each year. The department also provides specialised training in cardiothoracic anaesthesia, transplant anaesthesia (renal and liver) and pain management. The fellowship is intended for a young anaesthesiologist working in a low resource setting in Asia or Africa.

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 fellow will receive accommodation and a stipend from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. The WFSA will provide funding to cover the cost of return travel from the fellow's home country to New Delhi, India. 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, Professor Jayashree Sood jayashreesood@hotmail.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2016. Successful applicants will be notified before1 April 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 specialist anaesthetic 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

Applications now open: WFSA 2016 Intensive Care Fellowships in Vellore, India

Applications are invited for three fellowship training positions in 2016 at Christian Medical College, Vellore. The duration of the fellowships is 12 months, two will start in mid-July 2016 and the third will start in January 2017.
The fellowships are intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of intensive care medicine. Successful applicants must agree to return to their home country at the completion of the fellowship.

Priority will be given to applicants from SAARC member countries, but applicants from other parts of Asia or further afield will also be considered.

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 program head:

Dr Subramani Kandasamy
Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Christian Medical College Hospital
Vellore 632011
Tamil Nadu
India
Email: sicu@cmcvellore.ac.in or ksubramani9@hotmail.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 15th February 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-March 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 specialist anaesthetic qualification
• Copy of photograph page of passport

Please 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 Announces Winners of Service Awards

Service Awards Logo LargeThe WFSA is proud to announce the winners of our 2016 Service Awards in two categories:

(1) WFSA Distinguished Service Award

(2) WFSA Presidential Award for Service to Anaesthesiology

 

WFSA Presidential Award for Service to Anaesthesiology

This WFSA Presidential Award for Service to Anaesthesiology is awarded to individuals who have:
(1) made a special contribution to the art and science of anaesthesiology or
(2) who have helped promote or establish anaesthesia initiatives anywhere in the world, or
(3) who have served the WFSA, quietly, but with particular dedication, and who might not fit the criteria for the Distinguished Service Award.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Award as:

Dr Archie Brain
Photograph Archie BrainBorn to diplomat parents in Kobe, Japan in 1942, Dr Archie Brain spent his formative years in Japan, Singapore and England. In 1962 Dr Brain went to Oxford University with a Scholarship to study French and Spanish language and literature. However, at this time he had already become interested in medicine as a career.

After gaining his degree Dr Brain studied privately to obtain the basic scientific qualifications and finally qualified in 1970 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Dr Brain’s involvement in anaesthesia was initially accidental, but he immediately felt an affinity for it.

Since retiring, Dr Brain has returned to his Asian roots, where he spends his time on linguistic study, musical composition, designing and constructing musical instruments, and painting in oils.

Dr Humberto Sainz Cabrera
Photograph Sainz CabreraDr Sainz Cabrera was born in Cienfuegos City, Cuba in1937 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1954. He then began to study Medicine at Havana's Medical School. During the Cuban Insurrection (1957-1958) Dr Sainz Cabrera travelled and worked in the Pharmaceutical Medical Laboratory "Us Vitamin Corp” in Yonkers, New York (1958-1959), then graduated as a Medical Doctor in July 1963.

He has participated in more than 100 congresses and conferences as a national and international guest lecturer, given over 200 lectures in Latin America, published more than 40 articles in national and international journals, is a co-author of three books, and editorial board member of several national and international medical journals. He is also Honorary Member of National Societies in Spain, Honduras, Peru, Dominican Republic, Mexico; Mendoza Argentina and the Moscow Region in Russia.

He has been married for 36 years to Mrs Guadalupe Cano Salazar de Sainz, an Intensive Care nurse. The two have four children, all university professionals.

Dr Tiberiu Ezri
Tiberiu Ezri MDDr Tiberiu Ezri was born in Romania in 1951 and went on to become board certified in anaesthesia in Israel in 1983.

Dr Ezri has been Head of the Department of Anaesthesia at the Wolfson Medical Centre, affiliated to Tel Aviv University since 2000. He has been leading the Wolfson MC team in performing anaesthesia for cardiac surgeries on thousands of children from over 40 low resource countries, including educating (in paediatric cardiac anaesthesia) young anaesthesiologists from those countries.

He was also WFSA Program Director at Wolfson MC from 2006-2014, educating 36 fellows from nine countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic) in the fields of cardiac, obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia, pain medicine and intensive care. Some of these doctors (Dr. Sotonye, Dr. Nwasor) have become leaders in their fields in their home countries.

Professor Thara Tritrakarn

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Professor Thara Tritrakarn was born and raised in Thailand. He is a medical graduate of Mahidol University and completed his residency in anaesthesia at Siriraj Hospital. He did further training in the USA but returned to Bangkok in 1977 to join the Department of Anaesthesia at Siriraj Hospital.

Professor Tritrakarn has had a distinguished career as an anaesthesiologist. He is particularly known and loved as a teacher, both at home and internationally, training generations of Thai anaesthesiologists and in 1996, at the request of the WFSA, he began training young anaesthesiologists from surrounding countries.

The Bangkok Anesthesia Regional Training Centre has trained over 70 anaesthesiologists, all of whom have returned to their home countries and most of whom are still practicing there. Professor Thara and his team keep in touch with their graduates and visit their countries to provide ongoing educational support. His work has been recognized by the Government of Mongolia with the award of the Chinggis Khan Medal and the Medal of Honour.

 

WFSA Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals who have previously served as a WFSA Officer, Council or Committee member or who provided exceptional service in another capacity to the WFSA and the international anaesthesia community.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Award as:

Dr Anis Baraka
Dr BarakaDr Anis Shehat Baraka has been Emeritus Professor at the Department of Anesthesiology, American University of Beirut from October 2008 to present.

Dr Baraka was Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists of London, Honorary Fellow of the Association of University Anesthetists – USA, and Representative of the WFSA to the Regional Commission of the United Nations.

He has also held a number of positions including Vice President, World Federation of Anaesthesiologists (as well as Member of the Executive Committee and Committee on Education and Scientific Affairs of the WFSA), President of the Arab Board of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Honorary President of the 8th Pan Arab Congress, and Honorary Life Member of the Lebanese Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr Haydn Perndt
Photograph Dr PerndtHaydn Perndt graduated from the University of Sydney in 1977. His training as an anaesthetist was undertaken in the UK and Canada. For the past thirty years he has had extensive experience working and teaching in developing countries. His overseas work includes missions with the Red Cross (ICRC) on the Thai Cambodian border, Somalia, East Timor and Darfur, Sudan and as well as work with Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) in Burundi. He has spent extended periods training anaesthetists in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands. He has been involved in the establishment of Postgraduate Anaesthesia training programs in Fiji and East Timor.

He was involved in the initial development of the Primary Trauma Care (PTC) program in 1997 and continues teaching on PTC courses in Myanmar and Vietnam. In 1999 he established a teaching program in Hobart, Tasmania to train anaesthetists to work in developing countries, disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. This course continues in Darwin, Frankston and Christchurch. As chairman of the Education Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthetists (1996-2000) he was involved with development of anaesthesia and training of anaesthetists in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Professor John Rowe Moyers
Moyers J John Moyers was born in Pasadena, California in 1947. He received his BS degree in 1969 and MD degree in 1973 from the University Iowa. An internship in medicine at the Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center was followed by a residency in anaesthesia at the University of California – San Francisco.

In 1979 Dr Moyers moved to the Anaesthesia Department at the University of Iowa where he developed a cardiac anaesthesia group and became full Professor in 1990. He served on numerous committees within his department, the college of medicine, and the university over the next 35 years. In 2014 Dr Moyers retired and he remains Professor Emeritus.

Involvement with the WFSA began in 1988. Over the years he served in numerous capacities including as a member of the Executive Committee (1992-2000) and as Secretary (2004-2008).

Dr. Moyers and his wife, Katherine, have two children and four grandchildren. Currently, in addition to the grandchildren, he enjoys photography, sporting activities, and travel.

Dr Roger Eltringham
Dr EltringhamDr Roger Eltringham qualified in Medicine at St Andrews University in 1964 and was appointed consultant anaesthetist in Gloucester in 1974.

He was co-ordinator for the inaugural WFSA refresher course in Nairobi in 1987 and was subsequently appointed to the Education Committee, serving for 8 years. In this position he organised or lectured at WFSA refresher courses in over 40 countries. Following from this, Dr Eltringham was appointed to the Executive Committee of WFSA in 1996 and Chairman of the Publications Committee where he edited the WFSA newsletter and introduced 5 language editions. He was appointed Vice President from 2004-2008.

He also began focusing on introducing affordable anaesthesia services in the world’s poorest countries and introduced the Glostavent anaesthetic machine, an inexpensive, economical machine that can function in absence of oxygen and electricity. The machine is now used in rural hospitals in 70 countries and a portable version is widely used by emergency services worldwide.

In 2012 Dr Eltringham founded Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide, a charity designed to promote anaesthesia in difficult situations by supplying equipment and supporting education and research.

WFSA Secretary Sends Seasons Greetings (in English, Español and Français)

Thank you dear colleagues.

Gonzalo Barreiro 0131As 2015 draws to a close, I would like to send my best wishes to our National and Regional Societies, and our colleagues, for the festive period and the New Year.

This time of year allows us the opportunity to stop for a while and watch the road, the road that we have already travelled in life, and within the WFSA, as well as the road still ahead.

This year, as in previous years, education programmes have been an important part of the WFSA’s journey. Our Scholarship and Fellowship programmes, as well as our Virtual Library of resources, encourage learning and the sharing of knowledge between countries. 

However, these programmes would not run without your support as individual members of our network. We all know that anaesthesiologists have scarce free time, and we also know that much of this free time is used by you to make a difference to anaesthesia care worldwide.

And so with that in mind, it is time for saying once more “thank you dear colleagues” for your work, your commitment, your help - particularly to those working and teaching in complex or challenging circumstances.

I hope you and all your family, and friends have a lovely holiday season filled with joy.

Happy 2016!

Dr Gonzalo Barreiro

WFSA Honorary Secretary

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Secretario de la WFSA envía saludos de Fin de Año

Gracias, queridos colegas.

Al llegar 2015 a su fin, me gustaría enviar mis mejores deseos a nuestras Sociedades Nacionales y Regionales, y a todos nuestros colegas, para las Fiestas y el Año Nuevo.

Esta época del año nos permite la oportunidad de detenernos y mirar el camino, el camino que ya hemos recorrido en la vida, y dentro de la WFSA, así como el camino que tenemos por delante.

Este año, como en años anteriores, los programas de educación han sido una parte importante del viaje de la WFSA. Nuestros programas de becas, así como nuestra biblioteca virtual de recursos, han fomentado el aprendizaje y el intercambio de conocimientos entre los países.

Sin embargo, estos programas no podrían llevarse a cabo sin su apoyo como miembros individuales de nuestra red. Todos sabemos que los anestesiólogos tienen escaso tiempo libre, y también sabemos que gran parte de este tiempo libre es utilizado por ustedes para hacer una diferencia en Anestesia en todo el mundo.

Y así, con esto en mente, es el momento para decir una vez más "gracias queridos colegas" por vuestro trabajo, vuestro compromiso, vuestra ayuda - en particular a aquellos que trabajan y enseñan en circunstancias complejas o difíciles.

Espero que ustedes y todas vuestras familia tengan una temporada de vacaciones llenas de alegría.

Feliz 2016!

Dr. Gonzalo Barreiro

Secretario Honorario de la WFSA

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Le Secrétaire de la WFSA vous envoie ses vœux pour la Nouvelle Anée

Merci beaucoup à vous , mes chères et chers collègues.

L’année 2015 arrive à sa fin.

Je tiens à adresser mes meilleurs vœux à toutes les Sociétés Nationales et Régionales, faisant partie de la WFSA, ainsi qu’à tous nos collègues, pour les Fêtes et la Nouvelle Année.

Cette particulière période de l'année nous donne l'occasion de nous arrêter pendant un moment et de regarder la route. La route que nous avons déjà parcourue dans la vie, et au sein de la WFAS, ainsi que la route que nous avons encore devant nous.

Cette année, comme les années précédentes, des programmes d'éducation ont été une partie importante de l’activité de la WFSA. Nos activités de formation en notre programme de bourses, ainsi que notre bibliothèque virtuelle des ressources, ont encouragé l'apprentissage et le partage des connaissances entre les pays.

Toutefois, ces programmes n’auraient pas pu être développés sans votre soutien, en tant que membres individuels de notre réseau éducatif. Nous savons tous que les anesthésistes ont rarement du temps libre. Nous savons aussi que vous utilisez beaucoup de ce temps libre pour participer à l’amélioration de la qualité de l’anesthésie dans le monde entier.

Et dans cet esprit, il est temps de dire une fois de plus, « merci beaucoup à vous , chères et chers collègues », pour votre travail, pour votre engagement et pour votre aide, en pensant tout particulièrement à tous celles et ceux qui travaillent et enseignent dans des circonstances complexes ou difficiles.

Je vous transmets, pour vous et pour tous vos proches, mes meilleurs vœux de paix, joie et bonheur, pour cette particulière période des vacances.

Bonne 2016!

Dr Gonzalo Barreiro

Secrétaire Honoraire de la WFSA

 

Anaesthesia & Analgesia Global Health section set to publish three articles on ketamine to address global threat of restrictions

The Global Health section of Anaesthesia & Analgesia (A&A) will be publishing three articles on ketamine in the coming months. It is an opportune moment to publish more information on ketamine and anaesthesia due to the current threat to medical access which remains of key concern for anaesthesiologists and the WFSA.

The WFSA has been leading the campaign against the push to have ketamine restricted internationally and we are thrilled to announce that Dr Hugo Van Aken, a member of the WFSA Council, will write three articles outlining the key issues in future editions of A&A.

Dr Van Aken, Editor of A&A Global Heath section writes:

“Chinese government attempts to have the anaesthetic drug ketamine banned as a Schedule I controlled drug are being resisted by anaesthetists worldwide.

Scientists point out that developing countries are already suffering from acute shortages of anaesthetists and anaesthetic equipment. When appropriately trained specialists are lacking and only limited equipment is available, ketamine is easy to administer, readily obtainable, and inexpensive. In many countries, it is the only anaesthetic available and has been shown to be safe for a wide range of surgical procedures.

However, ketamine is also used as a recreational drug, known as “Special K” among American drug addicts. Much of the world’s illicitly consumed ketamine is produced in China, as the United Nations Office on Drug Control (UNODC) has reported. China recommended in 2014, following previous submissions in 2006 and 2012, that the relevant United Nations body should list ketamine under Schedule I of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances in order to control recreational use — in effect banning ketamine and meaning its clinical use would be reduced or completely abandoned...”

For more information on the ketamine issue and the WFSA’s #KetamineIsMedicine campaign please click here.

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