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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


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

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Education & Training

Education & Training

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

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Innovation & Research

Innovation & Research

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

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Safety & Quality

Safety & Quality

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.

2016 World Congress Event

16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists

Following on the success of Buenos Aires 2012 the next World Congress of Anaesthesiologists will be in Hong Kong in 2016. Find out more here

WFSA Virtual Library

WFSA Virtual Library

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

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Our Publications

Our Publications

Our Publications

WFSA's Tutorial and Update are amongst the most downloaded and widely shared CME publications for anaesthesiologists.

Regional Meetings

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    ASA ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2016, 22nd - 26th October 2016

  • Crop Pan Arab congress 2 2016

    11th Pan Arab Congress on Anaesthesia, 10th -12th November 2016

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    12th SAARC-AA Congress, 24th - 26th February 2017

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    Euroanaesthesia, 3-5th June 2017

Information on upcoming meetings in your region

Members of the Constitution Committee


Dr Vinod Malhotra                USA

Dr Gonzalo Barreiro              Uruguay
Assistant Secretary
Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen       Norway

Prof Yuke Tian                     China
Dr Hiroshi Otake                  Japan
Dr Eric Nagtalon                   Philippines


Dr Arthur Rantloane             South Africa
Dr Andrew Hartle                 United Kingdom
Dr William Harrop-Griffiths    United Kingdom
Dr Charles Otto                    USA