With generous funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Lifebox has a three year-grant to develop its oximetry programmes across India.
Access to healthcare is limited by a lack of resources and staff with only 0.7 physicians and 1.1 nurses per 1,000 population. Of its 15,500 operating rooms, over 7,000 lack pulse oximetry – leaving millions of people to undergo surgery at great risk.
So it will come as no surprise that India is a key country of Lifebox focus for the next three years, thanks largely in part to the generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The aims of the project are to make serious inroads into the problem of unsafe surgery within India, distributing pulse oximeters alongside training.
Work kicked off earlier this year in the northeastern state of Assam, with a train-the-trainers workshop to support a faculty with local knowledge and expertise ahead of 68 anaesthetists participating in the Lifebox Training Workshop.
In August, we delivered a workshop in Bihar, alongside the Obstetrics Anaesthesia Association. In the coming months, we’ll be expanding with partnerships across four additional states: Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and southern Assam, reaching more than 500 health care providers by early next year.
Because we believe that a long-term, colleague-to-colleague approach is the only way to secure safer surgical care for all, we’re building local capacity with ongoing train-the-trainer workshops, and zonal training across the north, south, east and west.
Please do get in touch with Lifebox if there is an area of India where you would like to develop a project.