The Every Second Matters for Mothers and BabiesTM Ketamine Initiative is a best-evidence package of kits, checklists, and trainings for health workers to address the lack of access to anesthesia in developing countries for procedures such as cesarean section. Ketamine is an ultra-low-cost anesthetic agent that has been used safely worldwide for over 40 years. To date, this new Initiative has trained health workers at several hospitals in Kenya and has resulted in 800 safe, successful surgeries using the Every Second Matters – Ketamine package.
MGH partners on this initiative with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and medical leaders, Unicef, Gates Foundation, UK Aid, Canada Grand Challenges, Government of Norway, USAID, among key stakeholders.
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