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Welcome to WFSA

Uniting Anaesthesiologists to Improve Patient Care and Access to Safe Anaesthesia Perioperative Medicine.

Our Programmes


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

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Education & Training

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We develop the skills, knowledge and leadership of anaesthesia providers

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Innovation & Research

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We invest in innovation and research for universal access to safe anaesthesia

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Safety & Quality

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We promote global standards and the wellbeing 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.

WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia

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The latest version, published both in Anesthesia & Analgesia and Canadian Journal of Anesthesia (May, 2018), was for the first time developed on behalf of both the WFSA and the World Health Organisation. The standards provide guidance and assistance to anaesthesia professionals, their professional societies, hospital and facility administrators, and governments for improving and maintaining the quality and safety of anaesthesia care. Also published in Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.

Our Publications

Our Publications


WFSA's Tutorial and Update in Anaesthesia 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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