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Welcome to WFSA

Anaesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the patient before, during and after surgery. With a network of over 130,000 anaesthesiologists in more than 140 countries WFSA facilitates learning and promotes the highest standards of patient care around the world.

Our Programmes


DS153803We support and promote a focus on the availability, safety and quality of anaesthesiology

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Education & Training

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We aim to develop and strengthen the skills and knowledge of anaesthesiologists.

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Innovation & Research

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We invest in innovation and research that supports universal access to safe anaesthesia.

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Safety & Quality

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We promote global standards in anaesthesiology and the well being of our professionals.

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  • Did you Know...? 230 million major surgeries take place around the world each year. Learn More.

  • Did you Know...? 5 billion people are without access to safe and affordable surgical care, often due to a lack of safe anaesthesia equipment or a trained provider. Learn More.

  • Did you Know...? In some parts of the world 9 out 10 anaesthesia departments do not have the equipment to provide a safe paediatric anaesthetic. Learn More.

  • Did you Know...? In 2010 an estimated 16.9 million lives were lost from conditions needing surgical care, that's 4x more deaths than from HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria combined Learn More.

  • Did you Know...? In some countries 1 in 7 women die in childbirth and 5 of 6 births are not attended by any healthcare personnel. Learn More.