Anaesthesia in Developing Countries
Five day International Course, Uganda. The 2016 course was held in Mbale, Uganda from the 12th to the 16th September. The Anaesthesia in Developing Countries course was approved by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for 20 CPD credits.
Anaesthesia in Developing Countries (ADC) is an unusual and successful course started by Dr Mike Dobson in 1981 in Oxford, in an effort to meet the specific needs of anaesthetists from the UK and other developed countries wishing to travel to developing world environments to work.
The provision of safe anaesthesia in the developing world is difficult but essential to reduce avoidable illness and death in some of the poorest places on earth. Much of this illness occurs in young people, often associated with childbirth, and a significant amount is preventable by safer and better resourced anaesthetic practice.
For this reason many developed world anaesthetists are moved to work in such environments alongside the local health care providers in an effort to reduce the health burden in a particular place. When they do so, they encounter enormous differences between the environment in which they trained (with reliable power, sources of compressed oxygen and other gases, sophisticated machines and modern drugs) and that in which they seek to work. In addition they treat people with different diseases, often far more advanced than those they have seen before, and work within a different resource environment. Many find themselves taking on unexpected training and teaching roles, or administrative roles within a particular hospital.
The ADC course supports such anaesthetists (and therefore, indirectly, those whom they will treat) by offering training for these challenges which may not have occurred within their own country's anaesthetic system. In particular delegates have the opportunity to learn how to use draw-over anaesthetic systems, to maintain and repair their own equipment and to visit hospitals to see much of this equipment in action. A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, seminars, workshops and open discussion. Delegates are able to network with one another and with local anaesthetists to the benefit of all.
Over the last thirty years the course has remained popular and useful with attendees who largely come from the UK, Australia, Canada and Europe. Some years ago the week-long course was moved from Oxford to Uganda in order to provide a more direct experience of one of the environments in question. We have informal links with the other centres running this type of course worldwide, in Bristol, UK (Developing World Anaesthesia), North America (Anaesthesia in Global Outreach) and Australia/NZ (Real World Anaesthesia), although at present ADC is the only one which runs in the developing world environment.
The Oxford organiser, Hilary Edgcombe, together with Dr Jeanne Frossard (UCLH) co-direct the course and collaborate closely with Dr Sarah Hodges in Uganda (recently awarded the Pask Certificate of Honour by AGBI).
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