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Fundraising in memory of Jean-Pierre van Besouw

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Alexander van Besouw

Jean-Pierre/Papa loved and took great satisfaction from his work and never more so than when he was involved in anaesthetic training and education....

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Jean-Pierre/Papa loved and took great satisfaction from his work and never more so than when he was involved in anaesthetic training and education. This fantastic campaign to improve anaesthetic training and education in Africa is one we know he would have been incredibly supportive of. If you can contribute in his memory we would be hugely appreciative. 

Thank you,

Liliane, Alexander, Hélène and Christianne

About J-P

From the age of seven J-P knew he wanted to be a doctor. He qualified from Bart's in 1981. J-P started as a consultant anaesthetist at St George's Hospital in May 1990 and developed an expertise in cardiothoracic anaesthesia over 25 years there. Throughout his career he maintained a strong interest in medical training and politics. After a long association with the Royal College of Anaesthetists he was elected its President between 2012-2015. Very sadly he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma two weeks before demitting office.

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SAFE Africa

Help save lives in Africa through safer anaesthesia.

Around the world people are suffering or dying unnecessarily from the lack of safe anaesthesia in surgery, something that is taken for granted in the UK.

The situation is critical in Africa, where millions lack access to safe anaesthesia.

SAFE Africa is the Association of Anaesthetists fundraising campaign aiming to:

  • Raise at least £100,000
  • Scale-up the delivery of three-day SAFE obstetrics and paediatrics training courses
  • Sustainably improve anaesthesia education and care in Africa in the long-term
Since the first SAFE course in 2011, over 100 SAFE courses have now been delivered in 33 countries globally. At least 3,479 practitioners have been trained.

Each one of these will go on to treat around 1,500 patients each year.

With your support, we can train even more practitioners and improve the safety of thousands of patients in Africa.

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19-May-2017 00:00  - 
29-June-2019 23:59

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Having just come back from Ethiopia I know how important this initiative is. Most Anaesthesia providers are not medically qualified so all the more important that they get the best education possible.
Donation by Helena Scott
on 15-03-2018
A truly inspirational role model!
Donation by Jonathan Payne
on 22-02-2018
£12.50 gift aid
JP was an excellent clinician and all round great guy, he is very much missed by the anaesthetic community.
Donation by Laura Litster
on 22-02-2018
Donation by Rhonda Gregory
on 05-02-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Chris Vallis
on 12-01-2018
£20.00 gift aid
Sorry it’s late!
Donation by Nick Fletcher (St George’s)
on 11-01-2018
£25.00 gift aid
To a true gentleman, and the Professor of Common Sense. RIP
Donation by Jeff Kaplan
on 26-09-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-08-2017
£12.50 gift aid
I will miss J-P's honest and intellectual medico-legal activities, and the difficulties of persuading lawyers to call him J-P
Donation by Dave Scott
on 24-08-2017
£25.00 gift aid
Our thoughts are with you. Best wishes from all of at Swoon Editions
Donation by Swoon Editions
on 21-08-2017
£0.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £6,270.00
Offline Donations: £1,780.00
Total Raised: £8,050.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £9,320.00

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