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Global Anesthesia

Over the past decade it has become increasingly recognized that poor access to safe anesthesia and surgery is a major contributor to global morbidity and mortality. We have become increasingly aware of the disproportionate focus on communicable disease echoing the famous quote of Paul Farmer “Surgery is the neglected stepchild of global health”. Among other organizations, The Institute of Health Metrics and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery have shown the paucity of global safe surgical and anesthetic services. Anesthesia will play a major role in correcting this global epidemic in the international health and Public health arena.

It is also becoming apparent, that there is an increasing enthusiasm among anesthesia residents to help assist in international health efforts. We also know that providing safe effective aid is difficult and can be emotionally taxing. The Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at Queen's University is therefore developing an international health curriculum to help assist residents with their international health interest and pursuits.


Queen's University and Haramaya University (Ethiopia) Partnership



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