CRNA works to bring epidural anesthesia to Kenya


April is National Volunteer Month, and CRNAs are working to make a difference in their communities and around the world. Billy Tanui, CRNA, is passionate about anesthesia education, both here in the U.S. and in his home country of Kenya. His long-term goal is to introduce epidurals to Kenya for women during childbirth, with a focus on rural areas like the one in which he was raised. Three years ago, he was part of a collaborative project to bring nine nurses from Kenya to the U.S. for a three-month international immersion program where they learned information and best practices to bring back home.

“Things like epidurals are basically nonexistent in Kenya,” he said. “After seeing what epidurals do, and how satisfied and happy patients are in their labor when they receive epidurals, I want to do more to help women in Kenya.”

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