Who are we?
SAM brings together Diamedica UK, a pioneering medical equipment company based in Devon with Australian and Mongolian clinicians able to train local teams in safe anaesthesia and safe surgery to the highest standards.
DR GANBOLD LUNDEG
Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia.
After training in anaesthesiology in Mongolia, Korea and Germany and gaining a PhD in Anaesthesiology and Pain Management, Dr Ganbold is the country's lead anaesthetist while also running the Anaesthesia Department at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences. He has led on implementing WHO Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Programme in Mongolia.He was appointed a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery in 2016.
"With your help safe surgery is possible
in the most remote part of our country'.
DR DAVID PESCOD
Deputy Director, Anaesthesia and Pain Management of the Northern Hospital, Melbourne. WFSA Council Member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.
A leading anaesthetist in Australia, Dr Pescod first visited Mongolia in 2000 and has since returned on numerous occasions. His annual anaesthesia training programme in Ulaanbaatar is one of the medical school's most popular events and he also supports anaesthesia training in smaller hospitals in rural areas. He has rewritten and updated Mongolia's medical textbooks bringing . He has helped to popularise anaesthesia as a speciality and his work has led to a significant reduction in deaths due to anaesthetic complications. In 2011 he was awarded a Medal of Service to Mongolian Life. In June 2018, he was awarded OA in the Queens Birthday Honours List for services to medicine in Mongolia.
DR ROBERT NEIGHBOUR
Managing Director, Diamedica UK
Multi-award winning engineer who collaborated for more than 20 years with retired anaesthetist, Dr Roger Eltringham to develop the Glostavent Anaesthetic Machine, the first to produce its own oxygen and medical air with a back up electrictiy supply. Through the charity Safe Anaesthesia WorldWide (www.safe4all), the team also raise money to fund distribution of these machines now used in more than 3 million operations in 70 countries, including many war zones - and now, through SAM (Safe Anaesthesia Mongolia) in Mongolia. perfect anaesthesia machines designed for used in operating theatres where there are frequent power cuts and an unreliable oxygen supply. and few trained staff. Its products are estimated to have been used in more than 3m operations.
Jane Feinmann, freelance journalist, London
I visited Mongolia in October 2016 to write an article about safe surgery in the Steppes for Mosaic Science. The bench I'm sharing (above) with a nomad lady and two Mongolian doctors became an operating table when a peripatetic surgical team travelled to the 'ger' to carry out Caesarean section that saved the life of this lady and her baby. 'We desperately need anaesthesia machines,' Dr Ganbold (see above) told me. 'UK makes exactly the machines we need. Please help us.' Back home, I got in touch with SAWW (Safe Anaesthesia WorldWide), one of the few charities to fund-raise for anaesthesia. So far, SAWW has sent two Diamedica machines to Mongolia. But with help from a great gang of friends including Laura Antonini, Carlotta Fiocchi and Paula Keogh, family, we've launched SAM and let's hope he/she is unstoppable.
Pics of child and group of Mongolian and Australian doctors: Interplast.org.au / Woodrow Wilson
Pics of Mongolian operating theatre courtesy of Lifebox.org.