Global Partnerships

Global Partnerships

Approximately 17 million people die each year from conditions that require surgical care - most in low and middle income countries.

Our Global Partnerships Strategy aims to offer our expertise to partner institutions to assist and co-create projects to improve access to safe and timely anaesthetic care.

We are committed to forging and nurturing relationships with doctors and institutions from other countries. This is why we are working in partnership with health education providers both in the UK and internationally to develop high quality anaesthetic training and standards for doctors and non-physician anaesthetists. We believe that it is important that relationships are two-way – while our expertise can benefit our colleagues based internationally, we recognise that learning is bi-directional, and there is a lot that we can learn from our colleagues in different environments.

The Lancet Commission report into Global Surgery, published in 2015, highlighted the significant unmet surgical and anaesthetic need across the world, particularly in Low and Middle Income Countries. The report says that in addition to the 313 million surgical procedures undertaken each year, it is estimated that an additional 143 surgical procedures are required per year.  When factoring in differences in geographical location, it is estimated that 67 per cent of the world’s population has unmet surgical need.

Working with local organisations and institutions will strengthen international healthcare systems.  This ensures the long-term stability of these systems and increases patient access to safe anaesthetic and surgical services.

We are also increasing our support and engagement with our international members and developing an international network, through which information and learning can be shared across borders and continents.

Remarkable gains have been made in global health in the past 25 years, but progress has not been uniform. Mortality and morbidity from common conditions needing surgery have grown in the world’s poorest regions, both in real terms and relative to other health gains. At the same time, development of safe, essential, life-saving surgical and anaesthesia care in low-income and middle-income countries has stagnated or regressed.

Meara J G et al
The Lancet Commission

SAFE Programme Lead: expressions of interest

This is a voluntary role, jointly appointed by the Association of Anaesthetists Foundation and WFSA, to lead implementation of the SAFE strategy and programme delivery. As part of this appointment the role holder will be the Chair of the SAFE Steering Group. This appointment will commence 1 October in 2021 as a successor to Dr Isabeau Walker, Association Foundation Trustee and SAFE Programme Lead. The term of the role is 12 months renewable for up to 3 years.

Expressions of interest, including a cover letter and CV, are invited for the role of SAFE Programme Lead. Please send expressions of interest to no later than 09:00 Tuesday 1 June. 


Oxford Global Surgery Course, 13–17 September 2021 (online)

Applications are now open for Global Surgery.
Taking place online, this intensive five-day course will enable medical practitioners and students worldwide to explore the critical challenges facing those working towards universal access to safe and affordable surgical, anaesthesia and obstetric care.
Monday 13 September to Friday 17 September 2021
Apply by 16 May to be considered for a bursary.

This accredited course covers major topics such as burden of disease, manpower issues, training, partnership, supplies, service management, research needs, advocacy and ethics, and resource allocation.

The course is suitable for those in all disciplines interested in global surgery, anaesthesia and obstetrics:

  • medical personnel with an interest in global surgery
  • qualified surgeons, anaesthetists and obstetricians/gynaecologists
  • those in training, including senior medical students 
  • allied health care professions linked to global surgery.

Full programme information, including how to apply and the documentation required, may be found on their website.

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