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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


advoacy photo We support and promote a focus on the availability, safety and quality of anaesthesiology

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Education & Training

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We develop and strengthen the skills and knowledge of anaesthesia providers

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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.

SAFE-T Campaign

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The SAFE-T (Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody - Today) Campaign, made up of the SAFE-T Network and Consortium, brings individuals, organisations and industry together to advance patient safety and the International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia. To find out more click here.

Regional Meetings

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    Euroanaesthesia, 3-5th June 2017

  • CAS 2017

    CAS Annual Meeting, 23rd - 26th June 2017

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    34th CLASA Congress, 8 - 11th October 2017

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    ASA ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017, 21nd - 25th October 2017

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    All Africa Anaesthesia Congress, 20 - 24th November 2017

Information on upcoming meetings in your region

Our Publications

Our Publications


WFSA's Tutorial and Update are amongst the most downloaded and widely shared CME publications for anaesthesiologists. These resources are free for those who register on the Virtual Library page.

Fund a Fellow

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Fund a Fellow and help us train 500 Fellows and reach over 1 million patients by 2020. By making a donation you will enable more anaesthesiologists, from lower income countries, to access training and improve outcomes for thousands of patients around the world. To donate please click here.

WFSA Virtual Library

WFSA Virtual Library

Find the right resource for your needs - visit WFSA's Virtual Library.

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