Vanderbilt gets $3M grant for anesthesia training

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University has received a $3 million grant to expand a medical outreach program that trains anesthesia providers in Kenya.

Anesthesiology professor Mark Newton directs the Vanderbilt International Anesthesia program and also serves as the chief anesthesiologist for Kijabe (keh-JAH'-bee) Hospital in rural Kenya.

Newton said in a news release that the grant will allow Vanderbilt to translate its Kenyan anesthesia education program to one that can be easily duplicated throughout the world. Ultimately they hope for several generations of trainers who can take the curriculum throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Newton says the training will directly save the lives of women in childbirth and people undergoing surgery.

The Impact Africa grant is part of the GE Foundation's Developing Health Globally program.

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