Needing to Go Under

5 billion people—5 out of every 7 people worldwide—cannot access safe anesthesia and safe surgery, according to Julian Gore-Booth, CEO of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA).

A recently released map from the WFSA highlights the problem’s scope in areas like sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, there’s fewer than 1 anesthesiologist for every 100,000 people. For some countries, like Somalia and the Central African Republic, the number is 0. Wealthier countries like the US or Germany have 20-30 anesthesiologists per 100,000 people.

Gore-Booth hopes the map draws attention to this critical need. The WFSA recommends an interim goal of at least 5 providers per 100,000 people.

Source: NPR Goats & Soda

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