“Niger is one of the world’s poorest countries, and bears a tremendous health burden with limited resources. Little has changed since I first worked there as an anesthetist in 1974, while the risk of anesthesia in wealthy health systems has decreased dramatically.

It is not unusual to hear of anesthetic deaths, often from situations that might have been detected with modern monitoring.  I knew from my recent volunteer experiences in Niamey that anaesthetists, even at the 1000 bed National Hospital, rarely had the benefit of using functional pulse oximetry for their patients.” 

– Janet Dewan

Oximeter_Niger_Operating Theatre_2013In 2012 we helped Janet Dewan send an oximeter to Dr Maman Sani Chaibou in Niamey, where she’d worked nearly 40 years ago.