The first Bachelor of Science in Anesthesia Students have just graduated from Busitema University. They add to the much-needed anaesthesia and critical care human resource in Uganda and Africa at large.
In Uganda, there is a critical shortage of anaesthesia providers, and 70% of the government posts for anaesthesia providers in the country are empty. Underlying chronic problems such as pay, career progression, and limited training capacity lead to perpetual shortages and attrition of the anaesthesia workforce.
Currently, Uganda has only <1 anaesthesia provider per 100,000 people, well short of the goal to have at least 5-10 anaesthesia providers per 100,00 by the year 2030. This goal is based on evidence demonstrating significant reductions in maternal mortality and improved perioperative outcomes. Each 10 unit increase in the number of surgeons, anesthesiologists and obstetricians per 100,000 decreases mortality by 13%.