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Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia is an integral part of safe surgery, obstetrics and trauma practice. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest burden of surgical disease with the least concentration of surgical and anaesthetic manpower. Due to the paucity of doctors in D.R.Congo anaesthesia is usually conducted by nurses with training in anaesthesia. AusHEAL seeks to develop hospital capacity and sustainability through sponsoring selected indigenous health personnel in specific areas of need.

AusHEAL took on sponsorship of Poteau in 2013, an established nurse-anaesthetist at HEAL Africa Hospital, enabling him to complete a 2 year upskilling course in the capital Kinshasa, particularly in the anaesthesia of children and infants. He has now returned to HEAL Africa Hospital bringing new expertise and the ability to share his skills and knowledge with the remaining staff nurse-anaesthetists at the hospital.

Dr Kigayi was selected from the HEAL Africa medical residents in 2015 by the hospital executive to be the recipient of an AusHEAL scholarship. The 4 year scholarship enables Dr Kigayi to undergo medical specialist training and accreditation in Anaesthesia at Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. He will return in 2019 to head up the Department of Anaesthesia at HEAL Africa Hospital, D.R.Congo. He will be the only Doctor-Anaesthetist in the Province.

Poteau : Nurse-Anaesthetist

Poteau : Nurse-Anaesthetist

Dr Kigayi

Dr Kigayi