Project information

Anaesthesia Training for Tanzania

Tanzania has fewer than 50 anaesthetists for a population of 59 million people. This situation can be improved by teaching and supporting qualified nurse anaesthetists to safely deliver anaesthesia and enable surgical operations to save the lives of patients in remote parts of Tanzania.

September 2018 - September 2019

Charity information: Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide

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  • Need


    Five billion of the world’s seven billion people lack access to safe surgery and anaesthesia. As a result, 17 million people die every year, and many more suffer pain and lifelong disability from surgically-treatable conditions. Surgery is not a luxury – it is an essential, but there is no surgery without anaesthesia. In poor countries, lack of qualified anaesthetists is a limiting factor. Tanzania has fewer that 50 anaesthetists for a growing population of 59 million people.


    Many poor countries rely on nurses to administer anaesthesia. These nurses usually have just one year’s training in anaesthesia, and often work alone, with few drugs, inadequate equipment, in poorly resourced hospitals. Safe anaesthesia care can be brought to millions by teaching and supporting qualified nurses to safely administer anaesthesia and empowering them to work together in teams to provide mutual support and accountability.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Run a paediatric anaesthesia refresher course for nurse anaesthetists in the Kagera, Tanzania


    » Train 20 nurse anaesthetist to safely administer anaesthesia in low-resource settings

    What success will look like

    Pre- and post- training course assessments will be carried out by the trainers. Follow up visits to nurses in their hospitals to be carried out after 6 months for monitoring.

  • Impact


    The training and support this course will provide should enable nurses to cope with and handle everyday and emergency situations in paediatric anaesthesia more effectively. As a result, the lives of more children and infants will be saved. This should be reflected by a reduction in paediatric mortality rates.


    No matter how well trained the nurses are, they will always be hampered by the poverty of this rural region, the poor facilities, lack of equipment, medicines and general resources. We will continue to assess the hospital conditions in which these nurses work and hope to be able to improve some of the most urgent needs by securing donations.


    We will report to donors via our website, in our newsletter, annual reports. We also provide feedback on facebook and twitter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,460

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,250 transport Transport for nurses to the venue, plus cost for trainers to come from Dar es Salaam and Mwanza
      £100 venue hire Room hire at hotel for lectures
      £135 stationary and publication stationary and documents for the course and post-course reports
      £675 follow up study and visits Follow-up visits to all the participating hospitals to observe and interview nurses at work
      £2,900 accommodation and lunches accommdation for a total of 23 participants for 3 days
      £1,400 facilitators expenses 2 course orgnaisers and the 3 trainers will have their expenses covered.
  • Background


    The proposed project will be implemented in the Kagera region in north western Tanzania, an area that is largely rural, remote, and poor. The region lies some 1,600 kilometres from the capital Dar-es-Salaam and has a population of 2,612,604. It has a large outstanding need for developmental aid and in particular aid that will improve the
    health ofchildren. Many anaesthesia providers work in isolated rural hospitals with little support and few resources.


    The beneficiaries of this project will be the nurse anaesthetists themselves, as well as the patients they serve. Anaesthesia and ventilation play major roles in delivery of safe neonatal and paediatric care. The proposed project will directly tackle this lack of skilled workforce for anaesthesia and emergency care capacity will have a significant impact on the survival of children aged 0-6.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide is one of the few charities that is dedicated entirely to improving anaesthesia services in poor countries. We were established in 2011 and since then we have helped to deliver safe anaesthesia to those in need in 17 low-income countries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Henriette Willigers

    International co-ordinator for the course

    Philibert John

    Anaesthetist at Bukoba Hospital and course organsier


will pay for one nurse anaesthetist to attend the 3-day training workshop

Refresher courses are of paramount importance as they empower the service providers with updated knowledge and skills through formal lectures, informal conversations (during breaks) and simulated skill stations.

Dr Mwemezi Maka Kaino Anaesthesiologist, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Tanzania