VIA Blog

Surgery patients in lower income countries have three times greater risk of dying

Surgery patients in lower income countries have three times greater risk of dyingRead the entire article here:  http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/global-surgery-numbers-across-the-globe-1.572876

Call to Match Resident Moonlighting Shift Donations

Call to match

40 Vanderbilt residents have pledge to donate their earnings from 4-8 moonlighting shifts in support of VIA. We are calling on YOU to match their donations 1:1, 2:1, or 3:1.  Click here to donate now!

VIA Featured in the Tennessean

VIA Article

VIA and Dr. Mark Newton were recently featured in the Tennessean - this is a great article, highlighting the important work of the VIA team on the ground.

On the VIA Auction Block

on the VIA auction blockone week rental of this beautiful Wadaduga lake house in Cherokee National Forest.  Place your bids @ the VIA auction on April 23 at Loveless Barn.  Win this vacation for a great cause!  #safesurgery2020

On the VIA Auction Block

On the VIA Auction BlockDelicious, home cooked Ethiopian dinner for 10 - courtesy of Dr. Ban Sileshi and family.  Place your bids, and come hungry!

on the auction block

on the auction blockOne of the fabulous package items you can bid on at the VIA auction on April 23 @ Loveless Cafe.  A chauffeured drive in the park with a custom picnic basket that you get to keep (the basket, not the car!) - perfect for someone ready to take the plunge and ask that special someone to marry him (or her).



Our "SimMan" (simulation mannequin) could not be happier to be part of the Emergency Team Response simulation trainings in Western Kenya

Thoughts from the field

Alumni impact

Kijabe View

doesn't get much better

Pictures from the field

ConcentrationVanderbilt resident, Sarah Hemauer, assists during a surgery at AIC Kijabe Hospital
Vandy resident Sarah Hemauer comforts a child during a procedureVanderbilt resident, Sarah Hemauer, comforts a child during a procedure at AIC Kijabe Hospital


Vanderbilt resident, Dorothee Mueller, spends time with a child before a procedure

Why we do what we do

Because the need for trained safe surgery providers is critical with only 1 anesthesiologist for every 5,733,062 Ethiopians. 


Why we do what we do

The following is an excerpt from a blog kept by Dr. Arianna Shirk, who works in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She currently serves at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya - where many VIA Residents complete their rotation. The  full story can be found here: http://shirkadventure.com/2016/01/two-hearts/


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Join us for an evening of great food and stiff auction competition

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