Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The Oromia Regional Health Bureau (RHB) took a significant next step in its drive to make surgery and anaesthesia safer for tens of thousands of patients in the region, expanding the Clean Cut surgical site infection (SSI) reduction programme with partners in Minilik II Hospital, St. Peter’s Specialized Hospital, and the Fitche
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Between 2011 and 2012, Lifebox® distributed 256 units throughout Ethiopia with the help of partners – including Chain of Hope, Operation Smile, CHAI, and Smile Train – that made possible small, regional distributions. In 2015 we received generous funding from the Flatley Foundation to increase the breadth of our engagement in Ethiopia to new regions.
Dr Ben Parsons is now back working at Kings College Hospital in London after a six month placement as a Lifebox® Fellow at Jimma University Hospital in Ethiopia. We recently caught up with him to learn more about this life changing experience. You’ve just returned from your placement, how would you sum up your experience?
Lifebox has a long history in Ethiopia, having worked in the country since 2011 – supporting anaesthesia providers with essential monitoring equipment and the skills to deliver safer care, so we’re thrilled to continue this work with our colleagues in the Amhara region. This workshop will see 94 anaesthesia providers – including a graduating class
Month 1: Before I get started, let me introduce myself. I’m Nick (on the right) the Lifebox Fellow: AKA an ST6 Anaesthetic Trainee in The Central London School of Anaesthesia (TCLSA) undertaking an Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) in the delivery of clinical teaching and Quality Improvement (QI) Projects in a developing world healthcare system. (Translated for those
Lifebox has worked in Ethiopia since 2011 with a range of partners including Operation Smile and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. We’ve collaborated with local colleagues to introduce the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, distribute pulse oximeters and deliver essential training to anaesthesia providers across the country. In 2015 we launched an exciting next step in
This July, we received a $500,000 grant from GE Foundation to continue our support of safer surgery in Ethiopia. Over the next 18 months we’ll be working with colleagues on the ground to understand more about the challenges they face – and how we can build systems and practices that work through these barriers, rather than
“Can I ask your advice doctor?” the recovery nurse asked. “How do you wake up patients who have not recovered from their anaesthetic after one or two days. What do you suggest?” My heart sank; all of the drugs we were using for anaesthesia should have cleared within hours, and a patient who was still asleep
Dr Isabeau Walker, consultant anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street Hospital London, just returned from a visit with Chain of Hope to the Children’s Heart Hospital and the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa. Here is her account of the visit: “I have just returned from a visit to the Children’s Heart Hospital in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia In Ethiopia we are working with a range of partners – from the cleft surgery charity Operation Smile, to the Clinton Health Access Initiative/Yale University and the national anaesthesia society – both to deliver training and distribute our equipment. Thanks to support from a number of generous donors we have been able to distribute