Consistent with the catastrophic anesthesia crisis in low-income countries and the need for anesthesiologists to respond to disasters, provide care in humanitarian settings and educate/train those who would otherwise have no access to such expertise, the ASA membership has been reaching out to the world in these capacities for decades.

The ASA and the Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach recognize the humanitarian contributions of an ASA member annually for Outstanding Volunteer Service and Humanitarian Contribution. A nomination application is available on the ASA GHO website at All applications are due Tuesday, July 31, 2013 to be reviewed at the GHO Committee meeting. The award will be presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting in October in San Francisco.

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