MGH-Mbarara Anesthesia Collaboration Receive Program of Promise Award

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Dr. Paul Firth receiving the Program of Promise award on behalf of the MGH-Mbarara Anesthesia collaboration from Richard L. Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Jackson HealthCare

Although too new to report sustainable impact data, they demonstrated clear visions for addressing underserved community health and prevention needs.  

Congratulations to the MGH-Mbarara Anesthesia Collaboration for its recent receipt of the Program of Promise Award given by Jackson HealthCare.  The MGH-Mbarara Anesthesia Collaboration began in 2011 as an attempt to improve clinical capacity, quality of care, and outcomes from surgical diseases in Mbarara through an academic partnership.  Seeing the role of the physician/anesthesiologist extending beyond the direct delivery of intraoperative anesthesia to involvement in the entire perioperative process,  the Collaboration has have several planned and ongoing projects, including:

  • Knowledge Transfer Assessment 

Educational research project using  a Skype lecture series to examine whether knowledge transfer is feasible via videoconferencing despite low bandwidth and minimal physical resources. 

  • Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia

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    Dr. Vicki Modest teaching Mbarara anesthesia residents ultrasound guided regional anesthesia

Starting with a teaching camp in 2011, MGH anesiologists are working to develop two local experts, a consultant and a registrar, to provide implementation of the skillset as an essential part of postgraduate training.

  • Surgical Services Quality Assurance Database (“C-SQUAD”)


    Manfred Amanya, a member of the SQUAD project entering data following the initial roll-out of the program

Rolled out in August 2013 to capture and utilize clinical data for quality improvement, SQUAD  (funded in part by the Harvard Milton Fund and General Electric Foundation) is computerized quality assurance database for surgical services and represents a rare opportunity to better understand the epidemiology of the patient population and serve as a basis for evidence-based reforms. 


SQUAD Program team

While the MGH-Mbarara Anesthesia Collaboration has been the work of a great number of dedicated individuals, special thanks and recognition go to Dr. Stephen Ttendo, Head of Anesthesia at Mbarara District Regional Referral Hospital, and Dr. David Bangsberg, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health.  More information can be found at:


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