Lifebox has helped to make surgery and anaesthesia safer across 100 countries worldwide.
But global change needs local leadership, partnership, planning, and evaluation – a complex arrangement that’s fundamental to our safer surgery philosophy.
Each year we focus on a number of country projects, working with an incredible network of colleagues, volunteers and supporters. They’re experts in their own healthcare systems, and from the government to the frontline they’re helping to build long-term change in practice.
Our goal: a world where hospital teams have the tools they need to give the best care to their patients, and safe surgery is a right – not a privilege.
Learn more about our large-scale projects this year by clicking the buttons below.
Bangladesh is a densely-populated country with over 160 million people. Universal access to safe surgery and anaesthesia is a significant challenge, which is why we’re so pleased to be a part of our co-founder the WFSA’s Global Impact Partnership with the Laerdal Foundation. We’re joining them in patient safety programmes across countries where access to safe anaesthesia is particularly limited – and our recent workshop in Khulna is just one example.
Ethiopia is a hotspot for global surgery activity right now, and we’ve got a number of projects supporting the Ministry of Health’s urgent push for access to safe surgical care. From Clean Cut, our newest programme using data-driven processes to reduce risk of surgical site infection, to our Lifebox fellows working as part of the community to support safer care – plus a grant to deliver 600 oximeters and training to anaesthesia providers across the country – we’ve got a lot of #SaferSurgeryEthiopia news to share.
Guinea’s healthcare system was ravaged by the Ebola epidemic. We’re working on an ambitious project with local colleagues and the Belgian Development Agency to restart anaesthesia activity. From needs assessment to training, equipment to peer support – every stage along the way is urgently needed by anaesthesia providers struggling to deliver safe care for their patients.
Nearly half of India’s 15,500 operating rooms are missing a pulse oximeter, putting hundreds of thousands of patients at risk. But thanks to a three year grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, we’re growing our projects across this vast country. Working with local colleagues and diaspora groups every step of the way, we’re building appropriate, responsive pathways to longterm safer surgery and anaesthesia.
We’ve been working in Nepal for several years: from equipment partnerships to small mission hospitals, national societies to large scale donations made possible by the strength of local champions and generosity of partnerships. This year we’re showing the exponential strength of partnership again, supporting work led by our co-founders the WFSA projects with our essential equipment and training.
Equipment or education – which makes surgery and anaesthesia safer? Obviously a trick question, as our work in Tanzania this year shows. Both are essential, and alongside oximeter distribution, we’ve been working through a grant from the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) to support sustainable use of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and relevant additions to the anaesthesia training curriculum with our Lifebox Fellows – and some incredible champions showing what it takes to make a difference.
Lifebox projects aren’t led at distance – they’re driven by local organisations and experts who know their communities best. This year we’ve been proud to partner with Bogomolets National Medical University, the Kiev City Hospital 1 administration, and the National Society of Anesthesiologists – with support from Teleflex UK – to help raise the safety level of anaesthesia across the country. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to colleagues in Europe, where ongoing safety challenges can make anaesthesia anything but routine.
Since 2012, we’ve trained more than 80% of all Clinical Officer Anaesthetists in Zambia – bringing safer practice to approximately 60% of the country’s government hospitals. This year the work continues together, with further training, distribution – and some exciting conversations about the future of surgery and anaesthesia in Zambia, with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health speaking at our 70th World Health Assembly side event.
Our work in Zimbabwe this year shows that the safer anaesthesia equation stretches far beyond equipment plus training. Alongside the national society, we’re working with anaesthesia providers in neighboring Zambia to show how regional cooperation, faculty training and advocacy can make a long-term difference.