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Vision and Mission

Our Vision

Universal access to safe anaesthesia.

Our Mission

To unite anaesthesiologists around the world to improve patient care and access to safe anaesthesia and perioperative medicine.

How we work

The WFSA is the foremost global alliance of anaesthesiologists, the specialist physicians dedicated to the total care of the patient before, during and after surgery. Anaesthesiologists are leaders in teamwork and patient safety, and are experts in anaesthesia and perioperative care, resuscitation, intensive care medicine and pain management.

We deliver our mission through programmes that are implemented together with national, regional and specialty anaesthesiology societies. We also work with other organisations that share our objectives, including, but not limited to, the World Health Organisation, governments, non-governmental organisations, specialist medical organisations, academic institutions, patient groups, hospitals, and industry. 

Safe anaesthesia and perioperative care are essential for safe surgery, and we welcome partnerships aimed at strengthening health systems and achieving universal health coverage.

Fact: 11% of the global burden of disease could be treated by surgery and anaesthesia.

Policies and Procedures

About WFSA

The WFSA improves patient care around the world. It seeks to ensure universal access to safe anaesthesia and unites hundreds of thousands of anaesthesiologists behind this goal.

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Volunteers change lives

Last year world leaders in the field of anaesthesiology gave us over $2m worth of their time and know how.

You can be part of that extraordinary effort.

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