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SAFE Africa campaign


The SAFE Africa campaign

Since the first SAFE course in Uganda in 2011, over 100 SAFE courses have now been delivered in 33 countries training at least 3,479 clinicians, mostly anaesthesia providers but also midwives, obstetricians and other physicians. Approximately 520 anaesthesia providers have been trained as SAFE trainers.

Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) is a joint project developed in 2007 by the Association of Anaesthetists and the WFSA. The training initiative aims to bring practitioners of obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia (who throughout the world may be physician anaesthesiologists but are largely non-physicians) to a level of practice whereby they can deliver vigilant, competent, and safe anaesthesia. 

The underlying principle of SAFE has been to equip anaesthetists with the essential knowledge and skills so they can deliver safe care to their patients, even in very low resource settings, and to train as many anaesthesia providers as possible in each country in order to create a sustainable training model which can be embedded in the national health system.

The SAFE approach combines UK anaesthetists with local instructors, who are provided with a train the trainers course to become the in-country faculty of the future.

SAFE courses are also run by Mercy Ships, CASIEF, national societies and by various other international teams of Doctors.

We are proud that SAFE courses have been run around the world, from Colombia to Samoa and throughout the African continent. 

The SAFE Africa fundraising campaigning aims to:

  • Raise £100,000 over two years
  • Increase delivery of three day SAFE obstetrics and paediatrics training courses
  • Sustainably improve anaesthesia education and care in Africa in the long-term

Since its launch the SAFE project has trained over 3,000  anaesthetic providers in 30 countries. Each of these practitioners will go on to treat around 1,500 patients a year.

With your support we can train even more practitioners and improve the safety of thousands of patients in Africa. Find our more about becoming a SAFE volunteer or how to get funding for a SAFE project

Support SAFE Africa - ways to get involved

There are lots of ways you can support SAFE Africa.

  • Make a one off donation online today Don't forget to make a Gift Aid declaration so we can claim 25% tax back on your donation.
  • Make regular donations. Talk to your work about arranging for regular giving to SAFE Africa through your payroll. Or set up recurring payments. 
  • Retirement or legacy giving. If you are retired or nearing retirement contact us at to find out how to give something back to your profession by donating to SAFE Africa.
  • Fundraise. Download our fundraising pack and don't forget to tell us about your fundraising activities at or use the hashtag #SAFEAfrica on social media.
"On my own visit to a SAFE course in Uganda only a few years back, I was shocked to see first-hand the reality of the challenging conditions that many of these dedicated practitioners work under.  Support the SAFE Africa campaign today and together we can build capacity of local anaesthesia providers to improve the safety of thousands of patients in Africa." Paul Clyburn, Immediate Past President, Association of Anaesthetists