Anaesthesia for Namibia

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

Mum in a centre for Anaesthesia teaching
Mum in Rundu in the rural North, a centre for Anaesthesia teaching

You can't have surgery without Anaesthesia.

There are only about 3 part-time Anaesthetists working in the Public Sector in Namibia.  Many Namibians have access to surgery, only when there is a serious emergency.  Patients come to hospital when they are extremely ill. Add to that, the fact that Namibia is 40 times bigger than Wales with 2.3 million people, and you find that patients travel for days for even the most basic healthcare.

The Phoenix Team have been asked to develop Masters level Anaesthesia education for the very first time.

Dr Najia Hasan talks about the role of the anaesthetist in modern medicine and the training courses the Phoenix project has been piloting in Namibia.


  • A MMed Anaesthesia curriculum has been written with the support of all stakeholders including doctors, Health Professions Council, Ministry of Health and University. It is currently being reviewed by the Senate of University of Namibia ready for implementation February 2016.
  • With the support of the Tropical Healthcare and Education Trust, Phoenix are delivering three intensive Anaesthesia courses in 2015, raising the profile of Anaesthesia in the country. These courses are delivered in more rural and deprived northern areas, Rundu and Oshakati.

Intended impact

  • Namibia will be able to train its own, qualified anaesthetists for the very first time.
  • Anaesthesia and surgical care will be available throughout Namibia, even in remote areas, as 10 new anaesthetists qualify every year.
  • Quality care will be decentralised from the capital and available to all, including the poorest citizens.

Media coverage

Six anaesthetists from south Wales flew to Namibia in October 2015 to train young doctors and students in anaesthesia and critical care as part of the project’s work.

Below is some coverage from ITV News and Made in Cardiff TV looking at what was achieved.

Training more anaesthetists for Namibia - ITV coverage

Cardiff University Have been Training Namibian Doctors - Made in Cardiff TV

Project contact

Professor Judith Hall

Yr Athro Judith Hall

Professor of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine. Phoenix Project Lead

+44 (0)29 2074 3110