Access to safe, affordable anaesthesia and surgery should be a universal right, but in countries like The Gambia, there is a significant shortage of health personnel, which leads to a major obstacle in the provision of surgical and anaesthesia services. With less than one physician per 20,000 inhabitants, The Gambia falls well below the WHO African Region average of nearly five physicians per 20,000 inhabitants. Most notably, 80% of practicing physicians within the country are not Gambian nationals.
International Women’s Day is a welcome opportunity to both celebrate the achievements of women and identify actions to accelerate progress towards gender equality. Nowhere is this more relevant than in the area of global health and more specifically global anaesthesia and surgery. While advances have been achieved, much more needs to be done if we are to achieve true health care equality.
Ruth Hutchinson was someone of whom you could truly claim “they don’t make ‘em like that anymore”.
New research findings highlight the effectiveness of the Safer Anaesthesia from Education (SAFE) training programme in improving the knowledge and skill of anaesthesia providers in low-income settings.
In line with WFSA’s position as a non-State actor in official relations with WHO, the WFSA board have submitted the following statement under the 73rd World Health Assembly provisional agenda item 3 Address by WHO Director-General devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic response.