Henk Haisma

Dear Colleagues 

Henk Haisma 

It is with great sadness that we learn of Henk’s untimely death.

Henk was a Dutch Anaesthetic specialist of the highest order.  During the late 1990’s and early 2000’s he was pivotal in the early growth and development of PTC.

His great love of Africa, for life and for his family allowed him to bring a fresh and vibrant perspective in the work of the WFSA and PTC in Southern Africa, East and West Africa.

His interest in working with all peoples equally and fairly expanded to Indonesia and South America and through these connections Henk was able to promote PTC and good clinical care and trauma training to thousands of people across the world. 

His humour, drive and compassion reached us all.  His love for his wife Rommy, his daughter and grandson and his passion for chess allowed him to settle in Holland and enjoy peace and some rest.

His unexpected death is felt by us all and we pay tribute to Henk and his family for their vast contribution to health care world wide. 

My very best wishes to you all.


Douglas Wilkinson.

PTC Founder


  1. This is sad news indeed.
    Henk introduced me to PTC and the 2nd All African Anaesthesia Congress in Durban, and we worked together for a number of years to promote good anaesthetic care and trauma management in several countries.
    I am saddened by his death, and I wish his family all the best.
    Paul Borgdorff

  2. Am very sorry to hear this news
    I worked with Henk in Malawi
    He was a marvellous man
    Great character
    Extroidinary intellect
    Wonderful sense of humour
    Great compassion

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