“There are only four medical anaesthetists in the entire country, and no standardized programme for anaesthesia training.  The doctors here have studied in France, in Moscow; the technicians have learned on the job. There wasn’t a single working pulse oximeter in the main operating block in Donka.”

Checklist roleplay_Guinea_2013_DonkaEbola is devastating the already-frail healthcare system in Guinea.  We saw first hand the struggle and the dedication of anaesthesia providers and midwives in Conakry, when we joined Mercy Ships for a training workshop and oximeter distribution project in 2013.

To read more about the realities of anaesthesia up close in a low-resource setting, and about Mercy Ship’s unique mega-maritime approach to supporting it, click here.