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What SAFE means to me

Dr Jolene Moore, Chair of the Safe Steering group, on her experiences leading SAFE and why she is excited about the future.

When I was provided with the opportunity to teach on my 1st SAFE course, little did I know what it would lead to.  Since then, I’ve had the privilege to be involved in many courses, across numerous countries, and to become more formally involved in the SAFE programme, and its development. It’s been an incredible journey, not only for SAFE, but also for me personally.  

The SAFE programme is so much more than training, and the impact goes far beyond the reported improvements in knowledge, skills and practice recognised through monitoring and evaluation and research.

A multinational faculty team from Chad, Chile, France, Spain and the UK, introduced SAFE to Chad.

It’s the personal stories participants and fellow trainers share – the participant who excitedly describes the patient they managed or the life they saved with their new-found knowledge and skills; the participant who goes on to become a trainer sharing knowledge all across their country; the trainer who goes from teaching to enthusiastically directing a course; the trainer who proudly describes the improvements they observed in participants’ practice; and hearing about the cascade of knowledge across facilities, regions and countries.  

It’s the personal networks you build with anaesthesia providers across the world. 

It’s all of you who make SAFE special and have helped to grow SAFE to where it is today. You are all amazing,  and I’ve learnt so much from all of you – my SAFE family, and I’m excited to see where the next 10 years take us. Happy SAFE Anniversary! 

Further Resources

Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) information page

SAFE Paediatric & Obstetric Anaesthesia Pocket Handbook

‘I have watched SAFE grow and grown with it’ – Dr. Mary T. Nabukenya, Uganda.

‘I find myself learning something new with every course’ Dr Ann Lee Clover , South Africa

‘The magnitude of what SAFE has accomplished is astonishing and not to be understated’, David Snell, UK

SAFE Obstetrics in Papua New Guinea Terry Loughnan, Australia,

‘One can feel the trainees’ enthusiasm for the SAFE course and safer obstetric anaesthesia’, Dr. Amir Babu Shrestha, Nepal

What it looks like conducting a SAFE course in the pandemic era, Susilo Chandra Indonesia,