Ethiopia has just 14 physician-anesthesiologists in their public system to care for the surgical and obstetric patients of a country of 80 million people. Our hope is to increase the number of physician-trained anesthesiologists who can provide the teaching and mentorship to other allied health anesthesia providers, as well as for the complex, high risk cases of Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa.
In the fall of 2011 the first team of anesthesiologists from Toronto will join the TAAAC residency training project with a month trip to Addis Ababa, Black Lion Hospital. During the month we will be focusing on obstetric anesthesia care, as maternal mortality and morbidity is a major health concern in Africa. Four staff members, Dr. Greg Silverman, Dr. Marcin Wasowicz, Dr. Alison Macarthur and fellow, Dr. Andrea Hards will be teaching residents. Our plan is to organize future trips in January and April 2012 to cover issues requested by the Department of Anesthesia in Ethiopia (priorities including regional anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia and thoracic anesthesia).