Our participants have been from all over the country, urban and rural. They have all had unfailing enthusiasm for learning. For those few who already had oximeters, it was a review of the value of an oximeter and an introduction to the Checklist. For those seeing and learning about them for the first time, it was a revelation.
Dr Angela Enright
The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society’s (CAS) International Education Foundation provided generous funding to allow us to send enough oximeters to Burkina Faso to cover the OR need nationwide. This was complemented by delivery of training workshops in the capital Ouagadougou, and the second city, Bobo-Dioulasso, during October 2013.
Past President of CAS (and of WFSA), Dr Angela Enright hit the road to join a wonderful local faculty led by Professor Ouedraogo and the Society of Anesthesia and Emergency of Burkina Faso.
You can read a day-by-day account of the experiences in Burkina Faso – from musings on art and geography to the harsh realities of anaesthesia in a challenging environment – over at our Lifebox® Journeys blog here.