Most of us take the availability of anaesthesia for granted. But millions of people in the developing world are not so fortunate. In poor countries, many hospitals lack suitable anaesthetic equipment, medicines and trained staff. Imagine needing an amputation or a Caesarean section without anaesthesia?
Without anaesthesia emergency operations cannot be performed and many patients do not survive, especially women in childbirth and children. Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide was formed to ensure that the benefits of anaesthesia are available wherever needed so that patients can receive the treatment they need, safely and painlessly.
Please help us to supply vital medical equipment and training to people in need and save lives by making a donation online now or visiting our fundraising pages to see how you can help. Thank you
Contact us at: Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide
White Lyon House, Marden, Kent, TN12 9DR, UK.
Registered Charity Number 1148254
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SAFE issue 4, August 2014
Dr Roger Eltringham, SAWW's Medical Director, is travelling to Myanmar in February to provide training at the Myanmar Society of Anaesthesiologists Conference. Medical provision for the general population has not been a priority in Myanmar for decades and the health care system is verging on non-existent. According to WHO, Myanmar ranks 190 out of 191 countries in terms of overall health system performance. SAWW is also donating an anaesthetic machine and associated equipment for use at a hospitalin the Thanlyin Township.
Trauma a leading cause death
Many people are surprised to learn that trauma is a leading cause of disability and death, and that injuries account for more deaths per year than HIV/AIDs, TB and malaria combined. Millions of injuries occur around the world, causing more than 1.24 million deaths annually. The majority of these deaths (91%) are in the poorest countries. Many injuries require surgical treatment, but in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) emergency surgery is often unavailable due to lack of safe anaesthesia.
Oxygen for the Gambia
SAWW provided equipment and training to Bansang Hospital, a rural hospital that is responsible for the health of some 600,000 Gambians. The equipment that will ensure an adequate supply of oxygen for the paediatric ward at all times. We also supplied the Ahmadiyya Hospital in Banjul with an oxygen concentrator and a Baby CPAP machine, to ensure the survival of premature infants.
How much will you raise?
£160 will provide a Lifebox pulse oximeter, to ensure the safety of anaesthetised patients.
£1200 provides a concentrator to generate a reliable supply of oxygen inexpensively from the air.
£3000 will provide a portable anaesthetic machine that does not require electricity and will work in the low-resource setting of a developing world hospital.
Raise £13,000 and you could supply a hospital with a complete anaesthesia system for use in operating theatre and intensive care settings - transforming the lives of many people.