Project information

Climbing to equip Tanzania

There is a lack of facilities for safe anaesthesia and surgery in rural areas of Tanzania. As a result, patients may not get the essential surgery they need and can die or suffer disability. Simon Brooks will climb Mt Kilimanjaro to provide essential anaesthesia equipment that will save lives.

November 2017 - July 2018

Charity information: Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide

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  • Need


    Rural hospitals in Tanzania lack trained staff and appropriate equipment to deliver safe anaesthesia for essential surgery. In particular, safe obstetric anaesthesia is inadequate and as a result women with problems in labour often die or suffer life-changing injuries such as obstetric fistula due to obstructed labour.


    Lives can be saved by supplying appropriate anaesthesia equipment that is suitable for use in a low-resource hospital, together with training to enable safe and affordable surgical treatments. SAWW Trustee, Simon Brooks, aims to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds that will be used to supply an anaesthesia kit. This kit will include an anaesthesia machine that can function without electricity or compressed gases and is suitable for use in a low-resourced hospital.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Sponsored climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to fundraise


    » Train then climb

    What success will look like

    Success will mean reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, with a team from Benenden Hospital trust in Kent, UK.

    Aim 2

    Donate suitable anaesthesia equipment to hospital


    » Purchase and supply suitable equipment

    What success will look like

    Appropriate anaesthesia equipment sourced for a specialist manufacturer will be shipped to suitable recipient hospital.

    Aim 3

    Provide training to enable the effective use and maintenance of the new equipment


    » Visiting anaesthetists and technicians to provide training to local staff

    What success will look like

    Trainers will ensure the staff are confident in using the equipment in the operating theatre and follow-up or refresher training will be arranged if needed.

  • Impact


    Long term changes will be an improvement in the facilities and surgical services offered at the receiving hospital, that will result in preventing death, suffering and disability in the local populations. Patient mortality and morbidity statistics at the hospital should decrease, especially those relating to mothers and babies.


    Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will be a personal challenge for Simon, but he will be accompanied by a supportive and well trained team.
    The equipment supplied could get lost, damaged, or malfunction, but it will be covered by transit insurance and in country maintenance will be available if needed. The equipment has been designed to work reliably even in the most hostile conditions. Trained staff are more likely to be retained at a hospital if they have the right tools for the job.


    Success and progress reports will be provided on the website and newsletter of the charity Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide, as well as on social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,290

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,100 Portable anaesthesia machine Anaesthesia machine that are designed to work in any remote location, without electricity
      £190 Lifebox pulse oximeter A pulse oximeter provides vital monitoring of anaesthetised patients to ensure their safety
  • Background


    Tanzania has one of the lowest densities of skilled health providers and the weakest rural infrastructure in the world. Only 4% of health facilities provide Caesarean delivery and less than half have reliable electricity. There are less than 3 physicians per 100,000 of the population. These factors have a serious effect on the health of the population.


    Provision of safe anaesthesia and emergency surgical care will have a profound effect on the lives of the local population in remote, rural areas. Being able to provide surgical treatment of injuries that arise from accidents, serious burns from cooking fires, animal bites and caesareans sections for problems in labour, will benefit everyone in the local area served by the hospital. Hospitals are often few and far between, so people travel many miles to seek hospital treatments.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide is one of the few charities to specialise in the provision of equipment and training to improve anaesthesia services in the developing world.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Simon Brooks

    SAWW Trustee and Senior Operating Department Practitioner