Anaesthesia is in agony in Eritrea and changes have to come rather quickly.
– Dr Traudl Elsholz
It’s understandable why Traudl could be feeling overwhelmed and overworked. She’s one of only three medical anaesthetists in the entire country of Eritrea, in addition to the 37 diploma nurses who have spent between 6 months and 2 years training in anaesthesia to meet the needs of 5 million people.
We were proud to work with her in 2011 to send 78 pulse oximeters to the Eritrean Ministry of Health for distribution to operating rooms which were working without this life-saving equipment.
The Ministry of Health held a training workshop for anaesthesia providers from all over the country: a national event included training in use of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, as well as pulse oximetry, with representation from over 85% of the country’s hospitals.
Find out more about anaesthesia in Ethiopia and our ongoing work here.