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Ways to Help

Requests for Assistance 

Currently we have ongoing requests for :

  • educational scholarships in several African countries, support for continuing education seminars.

  • fundraising $10,000 in for scholarships for 2 Ugandan nurse anesthetists, Solotinnah Nyriantungane and Florence Tamwendawo,  to obtain a bachelor’s degree in anesthesia and critical care medicine.

  • to sponsor African attendees to the IFNA supported, Pan African Nurse Anesthesia Conference, Regional Congress in Nairobi, Kenya, June 18-20, 2024. 

    • We have committed to sponsor 5 African Nurse Anesthetists to this meeting.

  • We are seeking a grant of $1,200 each to sponsor each additional nurse anesthetist to the World Congress or Kenyan Congress. 

    • Partial grants are helpful!

  • We are also continuously seeking donations :

    • continuing education opportunities

    • equipment needs for nurse anesthetists from middle and low income countries. 

Our Funding |



Gambia Nurse Anesthesia Program (2022)

Funded Ebou Cham of Roots Health Services for the development of a nurse anesthesia program in Gambia, including curriculum development and faculty leadership. Designated as the 2022 Ronald Caulk Memorial Grant.

Napthal Ndutiye's Scholarship (2018-2022)

Awarded a scholarship to Napthal Ndutiye for a nurse anesthesia educational program in Rwanda, completed in February 2022, overcoming delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ron Caulk Memorial Scholarship (2018)

Inaugural scholarship granted to Muhamed Abdi Bilaal from Somaliland to attend the World Congress of Nurse Anesthetists in Hungary. Sponsored Mohamed to the Uganda Anaesthetic Officers meeting after VISA denial.

Lorba Tulay's Master's and Laptop Grants (2018-2019)

Sponsored Ms. Lorba Tulay from Liberia for a Master's in Nursing Education in 2018 and provided an additional grant for a laptop to support her research project.

Mary Mungai's Master's Scholarship (2019)

Sponsored Mary Mungai from Kenya as the Ron Caulk Memorial Scholarship recipient, enabling her to complete her Master's in Nursing Education from the University of Glasgow.

Pan African Nurse Anesthetists Conference Grants (2020)

Inaugural scholarship granted to Muhamed Abdi Bilaal from Somaliland to attend the World Congress of Nurse Anesthetists in Hungary. Sponsored Mohamed to the Uganda Anaesthetic Officers meeting after VISA denial.

Lorba Tulay's Laptop Grant (2021)

Provided a grant to Ms. Lorba Tulay (Liberia) for a laptop to complete her Master's degree research. Lorba graduated in 2021 and is an educator at the Phebe Nurse Anesthesia Program in Liberia.

Cameroon Association of Nurse Anesthetists (2021):

Awarded the 2021 Ron Caulk Memorial Grant to the Cameroon Association of Nurse Anesthetists for purchasing ACLS training equipment.

Mohamed Suddam and Naphtal Ndutiye Grants (2022)

Funded Mohamed Suddam (Kenya) for nurse anesthesia educational program tuition and provided a grant for Naphtal Ndutiye (Rwanda) to attend an anesthesia continuing education meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

Mohamed Abdi Bilaahi's Public Health Master's Grant (2023)

Provided a grant to Mohamed Abdi Bilaahi (Somaliland) to fund the balance of his Master's degree in Public Health and Nutrition.

Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health and HVO Grants (2023)

A $1000 grant was given to the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health in the name of anesthesiologist Dr. Mark Newton for his contribution to global health through the establishment of a nurse anesthesia educational program in Kenya.  An additional $1000 grant was donated to Health Volunteers Overseas in honor of our most recent board member, Janet Dewan and her contributions to global nurse anesthesia programs, education of students, faculty, and nurse anesthetists.  This grant was directed to be used in HVO's Rwanda project. 

Uganda Nurse Anesthesia Degree Grants (2023)

Provided two $1200 grants to nurse anesthetists in Uganda for tuition and rooming for their first semester of a Bachelor's in Nurse Anesthesia degree, committing to fund their entire 2-year program. Recipients: Solotiinah Nyirantungane and Tamwendawo Forence.

Ronald Caulk Memorial Award

AANA Past President Ronald F. Caulk, CRNA, FAAN, was a pivotal force in global nurse anesthesia leadership and the founding of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists.  A “dynamic leader with strong convictions,” Caulk not only took a leadership role in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), serving as its president (1977-78), but also served as the AANA representative to the IFNA before serving as its vice president, president, and ultimately as its executive director from 1995 until he retired in 2004. Ron passed away in April 2016 but his legacy will live on forever.  The Ronald Caulk Memorial Scholarship/Grant was established in 2017 in honor of Ron's service to global nurse anesthesia and his desire to help educate nurse anesthetists around the world. 

Award Recipients​

  • Mohamed Abdi Abdilaahi, Somaliland, 2018

  • Mary Mungai, Kenya, 2019

  • None, 2020 (COVID)​

  • Cameroon Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 2021

  • Ebou Cham, MSN, CRNA, Roots Health Services, 2022

  • Solotiinah Nyirantungane, Uganda, 2023

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