The latest and greatest news from our project with the Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists (KSA) and WPP-Scangroup Limited is a sign of more than just a successful partnership: it’s a model for sustainable, life-saving change across a whole country.

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On 20th June, in the central region of Embu, 30 anaesthesia providers from 14 facilities joined together for training in pulse oximetry and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.  They each left with a Lifebox® pulse oximeter.

And not just from this workshop: 300 oximeters have been donated by WPP-Scangroup Limited, a leading marketing services group under CEO Bharat Thakrar.

This incredible gift will ensure that every patient, in every operating room and recovery setting in the country, is safety monitored during surgery.

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This Embu workshop is the fifth in a series hosted by the KSA –  Nakuru (August 2013), Eldoret (March 2014), Mombasa (August 2014) and Kisumu (February 2015) – to ensure that anaesthesia providers around the whole country get access to essential training and equipment.

Thanks to the dedication of Dr Madhu Patel (KSA chairman), Dr Jane Gwaro (KSA vice secretary), Dr Victoria Simiyu (KSA member) and Ms Phoebe Khagame (KSA administrator) the workshop was officially a success.

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It’s fantastic to look back at where we were, and see where we’re going together.

Kenyan doctors leading the training, Kenyan business donating the equipment: Kenyans are making surgery and anaesthesia safer for their whole country!

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And we are thrilled to be a part of it.