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Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe, Chair of WFSA’s Africa Regional Section, in Uniport Weekly, a publication of the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe, Chair of WFSA’s Africa Regional Section, in Uniport Weekly, a publication of the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

 Dr Onajin-Obembe





The WFSA Scientific Committee will continue for the fourth consecutive year a programme of research scholarships. These grants will be provided to young researchers from less affluent countries, to help them to travel to a foreign country to study and learn in a research programme. The recipient will have to develop a research project in a Department or a Laboratory of Anaesthesiology for a period of six months to one year, with a final goal of publishing an original paper in an indexed journal. This could form part of an advanced diploma, or a PhD thesis.

Three grants of US $8000 each will be awarded for the year 2015. This sum will serve mainly for travel expenses. Hosting Departments or Laboratories are asked to provide food and accommodation during the scholarship.

This call is both for trainees and for Departments and Laboratories who would be willing to host a young researcher.

                The deadline for application is 1st October 2014.

The application must be submitted to Professor Philippe SCHERPEREEL, WFSA Scientific Committee Chairman, preferably by e-mail with scanned documents in attachment.

The applications will be submitted to 2 reviewers, WFSA Scientific Committee members from geographical areas other than that of the candidate. They will report their conclusions to the Committee, which will make the final selection. After informing the WFSA Executive Committee, the results will be communicated to the candidates before December 31, 2014.

                Submission of application

To submit an application the candidate must provide:

-          the exact title of the project - which can be a clinical or laboratory topic,

-          a presentation of the objectives and the methods of her/his project (2-3 pages)

-          a letter explaining the aim of her/his application,

-          a curriculum vitae with a picture of the candidate and a list of previous publications,

-          a letter from the Head of the hosting Department/Laboratory indicating his willingness to receive and monitor the candidate, to endorse the project and to provide some facilities for meals and accommodation during the period of fellowship,

-          a letter from the candidate’s Chair and Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology to support the candidacy and to indicate why the project is useful for the Institution and for the candidate’s career

-          a letter of support from the President of the National Society,

-          a letter of commitment from the candidate:

  • to use the allocated funds exclusively for purposes of the research project
  • to publish, within one year after the end of the scholarship, a paper giving the results of her/his research, and acknowledging the WFSA funding,

-          Complementary grants are encouraged but must be declared by the candidate.

The Presidents of the National Societies, WFSA members, and the Chairs of Departments of Anaesthesiology are kindly requested to disseminate this information to all the potential candidates.

Applications and more information may be obtained from the WFSA Scientific Committee Chairman

                           Pr. Philippe SCHERPEREEL

                           Département d’Anesthésie Réanimation

Hôpital Claude Huriez

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille

59037 LILLE   France



Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Nairobi

Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Nairobi

Advance Notice: 2014/15 Fellowships

The University of Nairobi is offering up to four Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions for one year starting in September 2014. The fellowship is open to anaesthesiologists working in Central and East African countries and the overall aim is to improve the quality and safety of paediatric anaesthesia throughout Central and East Africa.

The fellowship is supported by the WFSA, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (USA) and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

Fellows will rotate through three hospitals – Kenyatta National Hospital, Gertrude’s Childrens Hospital and Kijabe Hospital. Teaching will be provided by local faculty and a number of visiting overseas specialists.

Applications are invited from anaesthesiologists with a degree of Master of Medicine in Anaesthesia (or equivalent).

Successful applicants will be eligible for a scholarship to cover tuition, accommodation and subsistence living expenses.

For more information and details about the application process, please contact:

Dr Mark Gacii, Programme Head

Email: gaciimark@gmail.com


WFSA in the ASA March Newsletter

WFSA in the ASA March Newsletter
In an article published in the American Society of Anaesthesiologists March newsletter WFSA's Chief Executive reminds us of the urgent need for a renewed global commitment to safe anaesthesia and recognises the outstanding contribution of ASA members to the WFSA.



Launch of "Occupational Well-Being of Anaesthesiologists" English language version

Launch of "Occupational Well-Being of Anaesthesiologists" English language version
The WFSA is delighted to announce the launch of the English language version of "Occupational Well-Being of Anaesthesiologists". Edited by Dr Gastao Duval Neto, Chair of the WFSA's Well-Being Committee, and published by the Brazilian Society of Anaesthetists, the book brings together 17 papers from leading academics and practitioners concerned with the very real issues facing the health of anaesthesiologists around the world.
The publication aims to stimulate the development of effective action on the part of world entities involved with anaesthesiology, in favour of the occupational health of anaesthesiologists and safety of their patients. For anaesthesiologists themselves it aims to promote awareness, conscious that awareness of any problem is the first step towards its solution.
As David Wilkinson, WFSA's President, writes in his foreword this is, "a subject which requires careful consideration by all who work in anaesthesiology to ensure that life or work events do not swamp either 
young or old lives." It is a unique publication, but most of all one that is meant to be used so that all in our area of medicine will know "how stress can be recognised, lived with and finally overcome". 
Not only essential literature, but a call for action, this is a "must read" for anaesthesiologists and those with whom they live and work.



Harvard announces the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) program by Harvard Medical School

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The Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) program (hms.harvard.edu/gcsrt) is a groundbreaking one-year program of blended learning at Harvard Medical School intended for clinicians and clinician-scientists who desire rigorous training in the methods and conduct of clinical research.

The GCSRT program is accepting applications for the 2014/15 program, which begins June 21, 2014. The program's three main goals are to build skills in clinical research, provide knowledge in biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical trials and develop a global network. For more information about the program, go to our website.

Apply HERE or register for information session to learn more and with a presentation by program director and Harvard Medical School faculty member Dr. Ajay Singh: Secrets to Success in Clinical Research.

  • DUBAI, UAE: March 2, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Rashid Hospital, Bur Dubai
  • ABU DHABI, UAE: March 2, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA)
  • KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait: March 3, 2014,11:00 - 12:00 noon, Faculty of Medicine, Jabriya
  • DOHA, Qatar: March 4, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Sheraton Doha Hotel
  • BEIRUT, Lebanon: March 5, 2014,10:00 - 11:00 am American University in Beirut
  • BEIRUT, Lebanon: March 5, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Lebanese American University (LAU) School of Medicine
  • ISTANBUL, Turkey: March 6, 2014, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm, Istanbul Bilgi University

Scholarships are available from the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR)the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), and Harvard Medical School (HMS)The deadline for scholarship applications is March 15, 2014.


WFSA responds to the WHO draft action plan to end preventable deaths amongst newborns

The WFSA has highlighted the valuable role that anaesthesiology can have in preventing death and achieving positive health outcomes for both newborns and their mothers. It has also expressed its disappointment that the initial draft includes no mention of anaesthesiology despite the evidence of the of the valuable contribution that anaesthesiologists make in newborn health.

Click here to download the full response.

Condolences - Dr A.S. Lawani-Osunde

The WFSA was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the President of the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists, Dr. A.S. Lawani-Osunde on Saturday, 1st February, 2014.

Dr Lawani-Osunde served as the Anaesthesia Faculty Chairman of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria; She was Treasurer of the West African College of Surgeons; An examiner in the two colleges and was also on the Editorial Board of the African Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (AJAIC).

The WFSA expresses its condolences to family and friends and all our colleagues at the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists.

Geraldine O'Sullivan - in memoriam

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Dr Sullivan lecturing at Riga, Latvia, 2013

It is with great sadness that we learned that Dr. Geraldine O´Sullivan passed away on December 2nd 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. O´Sullivan was a pillar of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and of the European Society of Anaesthesiology, and will be hugely missed.  

Dr O'Sullivan was lead clinician for obstetric anaesthesia at St. Thomas' hospital, which is home to one of London's busiest maternity units. She made significant contributions to research and publication and, as well as serving in various WFSA and ESA roles, was President of the Obstetric Anaesthestists' Association (OAA) in the UK. She was a vibrant and inspirational lecturer who was passionately committed to the lot of the pregnant woman throughout the world, and she had an enduring impact on anaesthetic teaching and practice both in resource-rich and resource-poor / transitional countries. Through her position in the ESA, she chaired the European Regional Section of the WFSA, a role that she filled with wisdom and enthusiasm, taking the best interests of all stakeholders into account. We owe so much of the progress on joint WFSA / ESA programmes to her.

Dr. O´Sullivan was hugely respected by all who knew her. As a warm and personable individual she gave off energy and enveloped others in the glow, combining the roles of teacher, ambassador and leader with consummate ease. She will be remembered by the many whose lives she touched and it is with enormous sadness that we say goodbye.  Her death leaves the international anaesthesia community without one of its best. 

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time. 


David Wilkinson


Essential Pain Management (EPM) Workshops in Rwanda and South Africa

In July, the WFSA helped to run a series of Essential Pain Management (EPM) workshops in Rwanda and South Africa.

by Roger Goucke, Toby Nichols, Phillip Kriel

EPM is a highly interactive, multidisciplinary educational programme aimed at doctors, nurses and other health workers. 

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