View a photo essay of our work in November, 2019 at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia here.
“A 20 year old man who had a goitre for the past eight years came to the hospital for a thyroidectomy. At the end of the surgery the patient was taken to the recovery room, where there is no oxygen. Whilst doing the monitoring I noticed that the saturations were dropping, so I did the head tilt, chin lift, jaw thrust and encouraged him to breathe. I did this for 2 hours and 45 minutes on and off until his Sp02 could be maintained without me.”
Today Liberia has just 22 nurse anaesthetists for a population of 3.5 million. 10 of them are middle-aged; 12 are more than 60 years old. Access to caesarean section is extremely limited, and the country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
We have been delighted to work with Mothers of Africa, a UK charity, and the Liberian Association of Nurse Anaesthetists to deliver equipment and training to 44 anaesthesia providers in and around Monrovia, as well as further afield. During 2013 we were able to close the OR oximetry gap.