In 2023, the ASA Committee on Global Health sponsored three anesthesia trainees to embark on one-month rotations in Zambia, where they not only confronted the challenges of providing safe anesthesia care but also made significant contributions to the education of local health care providers. Their personal reflections and the impact of this experience are presented below.

Zambia, a sub-Saharan African nation approximately the size of Texas, is nestled in the southern part of Africa. It boasts rich cultural diversity, with nearly 70 languages spoken among its population of 20.2 million (asamonitor.pub/3ZR8Eo6). However, Zambia faces economic disparities, with a per-capita GDP of around $3 per day, and limited health care infrastructure. More than 80% of the population lacks access to essential surgical care (AMA Surg 2016;151:1064-9). Zambia grapples with a severe shortage of physician anesthesia professionals, with only 0.24 per 100,000 people, in stark contrast to the...

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