The Global Humanitarian Outreach Committee was formed in 2009 to support the ASA vision of improving global anesthesia care and education.
GHO grew out of the original ASA outreach initiative, the Overseas Teaching Program (OTP) founded by Nicholas M. Greene, M.D., in 1990. The OTP was created to address the urgent need for anesthesiologists to educate anesthesia providers in Africa and help address the growing crisis of fewer trained anesthesiologists in developing countries.
Over the years, OTP supported education programs in Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda.
The Rwandan program remains today, and is a testament to the success of the OTP program. This program is supported by ASA in collaboration with the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF).
Also, a new educational partnership between ASA and CASIEF is approved and just beginning in Georgetown, Guyana ( see below ).