Building capacity for anaesthesia in low resource settings
Article first published online: 4 SEP 2009
© 2009 The Author Journal compilation © RCOG 2009 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Special Issue: International Reviews
Volume 116, Issue Supplement s1, pages 15–17, October 2009
How to Cite
Grady, K. (2009), Building capacity for anaesthesia in low resource settings. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 116: 15–17. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02334.x
- Issue published online: 4 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 4 SEP 2009
- Accepted 13 July 2009.
- capacity building;
- resource poor countries;
- maternal mortality
Direct causes of maternal deaths are responsible for about 80% of maternal mortality in developing regions of the world. Death from any one of these can be prevented by the use of relatively inexpensive, simple medical interventions which includes the use of anesthesia and anesthetic techniques. Lack of anesthetic care and anesthesia has been recognized as a limiting factor to successful provision of life saving interventions that could prevent maternal deaths in low resource settings. Doctor anesthetists are few and the anesthetic care has been adequately provided by non doctor anesthetist in many of these settings. Increasing the numbers of non doctor anesthetists and strengthening their capacity where they exist, is a strategy which will contribute to maternal mortality reduction in such settings. Several UK based organizations have contributed to increasing the capacity to deliver anesthesia in developing countries over the past 15-20 years. Learning from their experiences, a high level of training in anesthesia for non doctors can be introduced or existing programmes improved upon. This article proposes a mechanism to achieve this through national and international links for resource poor settings.