United States of America
1 Anesthesiologists for every 260 Patients (Number
of Patients: 13.7 Million).
Republic of Ghana
1 Anesthesiologists for every 55,000 Patients
(Number of Patients: 3.5 Million).
Lifebox is a not-for-profit organization saving lives by improving the safety and quality of surgical care in low-resource countries.
April 28, 2015
The ASA GHO recognizes the importance of biomedical engineering capacity in support of advancing the quality and sophistication of anesthesia care possible in low-resource settings. GHO has identified several groups working globally to train biomedical engineers and technicians. These programs will benefit from volunteer biomedical engineering faculty and the donation of test equipment to be used as teaching tools. Learn more.
April 8, 2015
Submissions are due April 15, 2015. Learn more.
March 10, 2015
Ketamine is an essential medicine used for anaesthesia. It is the only available anaesthetic for essential surgery in most rural areas of developing countries, home to more than 2 billion of the world’s people. Scheduling ketamine will leave these populations with no alternative anaesthesia for essential surgery, and will further deepen the already acute crisis of global surgery.
The Commission on Narcotic Drugs, 58th Session, has been asked to review a proposal to place ketamine in Schedule I of the 1971 Convention (E/CN.7/2015/7 and E/CN.7/2015/81).
Fact Sheet on the Proposal to Discuss International Scheduling of Ketamine at the 58th CND.
Disaster Relief Alerts
April 28, 2015
Nepal Earthquake Assistance
Due to the devastating earthquake in Nepal, 1.4 million people are in need of food, water, sanitation and shelter and 15-20 percent will need surgery for related injuries, and many more for pain management. To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit Doctors Without Borders, or visit International Medical Corps to make a donation.