The Global Humanitarian Outreach Committee was formed in 2009 to support the ASA vision of improving global anesthesia. GHO is committed to delivering safe anesthesia through aid and mission organizations, provision of education and training in low-income countries, advocacy for the important role of academic partnerships and collaboration with like-minded teaching organizations. GHO grew out of the original ASA outreach initiative, the Overseas Teaching Program. Nicholas M. Greene, M.D., founded OTP in 1990 to address the urgent need for anesthesiologists to educate anesthesia providers in Africa and help address the growing crisis of fewer and fewer anesthesiologists there.
Over the years, OTP supported education programs in Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda. These programs evolved to become a collaboration with the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA). The Rwandan program remains today, supported by ASA in collaboration with the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society International Education Foundation (CAS IEF). ASA’s commitment to that program is expected to end in 2015 as the GHO continues to expand its scope of outreach.
The new vision of GHO is to educate ASA members on the global anesthesia crisis, and support the interests of the ASA members through volunteer opportunities and collaboration designed to improve anesthesia in low-income countries. GHO supports education organizations such as ASA Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, the WFSA and Health Volunteers Overseas by offering expertise and volunteers.
The first Nicholas M. Greene, M.D. Humanitarian Award was given at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2011 in Chicago.