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).

In the quest to bring safe surgery to the billions globally without access, anesthesia is a critical, yet often overlooked—and under-funded—element. Mpoki M. Ulisubisya, 1 of just 22 physician–anesthetists serving Tanzania’s 47 million people, urges the World Congress of…

For women in Sierra Leone needing surgery for fistula, the lack of access to safe anesthesia is yet another hurdle. Frequent power cuts and a lack of oxygen tanks meant that most health facilities in the country can’t provide general anesthesia, ruling out procedures like…

Safe anesthesia is an important element in improving global surgery access, but trained anesthesia providers are in very short supply in low- and middle-income countries. The lack of adequate equipment and drug options further hinders the practice of safe and effective…