Anesthesia remains an often overlooked area of health care in low and middle income countries (LMICs), where there is a critical shortage of trained anesthesiologists. In Tanzania for example, there are only 22 medical doctor anesthesiologists for 47 million residents (source: http://thelancet.com). Without the ability for health systems to offer safe anesthesia to patients in need of surgery, surgically treatable conditions will continue to be a leading cause of death.
Recognizing this critical shortage of trained anesthesiologists, Seed Global Health (Seed) would like to support education and training to increase capacity in this specialty in Tanzania.
Eighty percent of the funds raised from this campaign will support four Masters in Medicine (MMed) Anesthesiology residents at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania over the next three academic years. The remaining funds will support various equipment and supplies to help deliver safe anesthesia practices at MUHAS.
After three years of completion, MUHAS is committed to hiring the four residents so transfer of knowledge and skills will continue to be passed on. Surgery’s ability to deliver a better and prolonged quality of life depends on access to safe anesthesia practices.
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