Background

The ZADP is a partnership between the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and the Department of Anaesthesia of Zambia’s University Teaching Hospital. It has been funded by the UK Department for International Development (through the Tropical Health and Education Trust) and by the AAGBI.

The ZADP evolved from an initial plan to support a new anaesthesia training programme in Zambia, with visiting trainees providing the longer term continuity that was missing from short-term consultant teaching visits. The primary goal of the project was to improve patient safety and care by delivering teaching, and by developing management, leadership and governance structures. An important reciprocal goal was to provide a unique training experience for a UK registrar in a resource-poor environment, including exposure to clinical and non-clinical challenges. This model adds a useful dimension to the educational support provided, and also embodies the principle of co-development.