WFSA Advocacy Programme:
Aim: To support and promote a focus on the availability, safety and quality of anaesthesiology
Objective 1: To encourage national and global decision making that promotes the availability of safe and high quality anaesthesia and effective pain relief
Objective 2: To promote anaesthesiology and surgery as an essential element of global health - to address the crises of unsafe surgery and access to surgical care
As the only global organisation of anaesthesiologists, with strong links to surgical organisations, official liaison with the WHO and consultative status with UN-ECOSOC, the WFSA is well placed to influence others and has been actively promoting patient safety since its founding in 1955.
The programme guides and encourages Member Societies in single and joint actions that support our objectives and it welcomes suggestions from Members around possible calls for action / campaigns that a Federated approach would strengthen. Through the provision of tools, co-ordination of collective action and direct approaches to decision makers and influencers the WFSA seeks to amplify the voice of anaesthesiologists and convey the importance of this branch of medicine around the world.
Global Health Policy
We work with the World Health Organisation (WHO), and other multilateral and bilateral organisations, to promote anaesthesia within the global health agenda
Our Three Guiding Pillars
Our advocacy is guided by three pillars: scaling-up of the anaesthesia workforce, achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and ensuring safe anaesthesia for all
National Anaesthesia Plans
We work with our member societies, governments, and other stakeholders to support the creation and implementation of National Surgical and Anaesthesia Plans
The SAFE-T Campaign
SAFE-T unites individuals, industry and organisations behind the International Standards For A Safe Practice of Anaesthesia, and concrete actions to improve anaesthesia safety globally
World Anaesthesia Day
World Anaesthesia Day 2017 (16th October) will focus on the global anaesthesia workforce through the Count Me In! campaign. Please click here to view the Count Me In! Toolkit. You can also find additional resources to promote the campaign on social media here.