In the summer of 2016, a Mongolian anaesthetist, Dr Ganbold Lundeg gave a presentation to the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Hong Kong that included a picture of a Caesarean section, carried out by torchlight in a 'ger' in a remote part of the countryside. I decided to try to write about this extraordinary home visit - and was commissioned to write an article about' safe surgery on the Steppes' for Wellcome Trust website Mosaic Science. Visiting Mongolia, I was amazed by the sheer commitment and curiosity about innovation of the vibrant anaesthesia community in Mongolia. I also discovered - to my horror - that the Caesarean section was unusual - there was a far greater chance that the woman and her baby would be left to die. Indeed, million Mongolian people living in the countryside in small towns or in nomad communities don't have access to emergency surgery because of a lack of suitable anaesthesia machines. 'We need 20 anaesthesia machines,' Dr Ganbold told me. 'They would make such a difference to the health of Mongolian people. And your country can help us.' He'd heard about Diamedica UK, a Devon-based engineering company that invented and produces robust anaesthesia machines that can work without an electricity or medical oxygen supply. 'Mongolia cannot afford these machines for the countryside,' he told me. 'But perhaps your Government or the people of your country can find the money. We would be so grateful.' It was a plea that has stayed with me. On my return I contacted SAWW, Safe Anaesthesia WorldWide - and so far they have raised the money and sent out two machines to Mongolia. Now I'm determined to raise more funds - beginning with £20,000 to pay for five more anaesthesia machines. Please help.