The Facing Africa Anaesthetic Fellowship

The Facing Africa Anaesthetic Fellowship is a venture between the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Facing Africa, a UK-based charity. We are seeking suitable UK trainees to apply for this Fellowship, providing funds for travel and accommodation.

The Fellow will join the team in Addis Ababa from 9 – 24 October 2015. Consultant anaesthetists, surgeons and nurses travel and work as a team providing free reconstructive facial surgery for noma survivors.

Noma (Cancrum oris) is a devastating disease of malnutrition, mostly afflicting children with rapid necrosis of mouth and midface and high mortality. Survivors suffer extensive facial disfigurement. Noma patients have difficult airways, with trismus and restricted tissue mobility of mouth and midface. Tracheal intubation with fibreoptics or videolaryngoscopy is usually selected for airway control. Equipment available includes fibreoptic bronchoscopes, videolaryngoscopes, optical stylet and ‘front of neck’ equipment (retrograde, narrow – and wide-bore cricothyroidotomy devices including Ventrain). Full supervision and training is given.

This is a great opportunity for the appointed Fellow to learn advanced airway techniques with the Facing Africa team. These skills are transferable to UK difficult airway practice and there is ample scope for research.

Previous fellows include Dr Joanna Gordon in 2013 and Dr Alica Braga in 2014 and accounts of their time in Africa can be accessed below.

If you are interested in applying please contact David Ball via You will also find more information at

Closing date for application: 9 April 2015.

23 January 2015

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