Responding to the Anesthesia Crisis Working to increase Anesthesia Capacity in Ghana

More than 25 million people in Ghana rely almost entirely on about 500 nurse anesthetists for anesthesia care.

Learn more about this innovative Global Health program

In partnership with the University of Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana, the Duke Global Health Institute is increasing access to anesthesia by creating distance-based, educational opportunities for nurse anesthetists.

There are only two bachelor of science degree programs for nurse anesthesia in all of Ghana

To earn a degree, practicing anesthetists have to leave their communities, endangering those who need surgical care.

Duke and UDS offer an executive-style, distance-based training program for healthcare workers in Ghana.

Listen to the UDS/Duke Nurse Anesthetist students express how the Distance-based, Executive-style Degree Completion Program has affected their lives and their communities.

The program is successfully alleviating the health-worker shortage, particularly in rural Ghana ...

by allowing practicing anesthetists to complete their degrees without sacrificing care for their communities ...

.... and training additional nurses to administer anesthesia.

View "Will to Serve", a photo essay produced by Duke Global Health alumna, Jenny Li.

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Lynda-Marie Taurasi

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