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Education & Training

Aim: To enhance patient care worldwide by working collaboratively to create, develop and strengthen anaesthesiology education and training

Objective 1: To provide fellowships and other grants to young anaesthesiologists

Objective 2: To strengthen the global capacity to deliver safe anaesthesia and effective pain relief

Objective 3: To develop, and make available, quality educational materials for anaesthesiologists worldwide.

This, the largest of WFSA’s programmes, is supported by the Education Committee and the Publications Committee.


Fellowships & Scholarships

Fellowships form a central part of how the WFSA supports improved safety, availability and quality of anaesthesiology around the world and they account for the bulk of the WFSA’s current expenditure.

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Other Education & Training Projects

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SAFE LogoSafer Anaesthesia From Education - SAFE is a joint project developed by the AAGBI and the WFSA. Click on the logo to find out more and click on the handbook to read the SAFE Paediatric & Obstetric Pocket Handbook.

Please download the PDF version here.

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Kids Save Lives - The WFSA has joined forces with the European Patient Safety Foundation (EuPSF), the European Resuscitation Council (ERC)and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) to highlight one of the major issues affecting all nations - Sudden Cardiac Death. Teaching children CPR would lead to a marked improvement in global health. 

The Joint Statement has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the full text can be accessed here

Teacher Training Courses - A number of courses have been developed to improve the standard of teaching of Anaesthesiology. For more information click here

Palestinian Anaesthesia Teaching Mission (PATM) - PATM provides in-country anaesthesia training for resident doctors in Palestine. For more information click here.

European Virtual Anaesthesia - The CEEA (Committee for European Education in Anaesthesiology) is a joint committee of ESA (European Society of Anaesthesiology) and the WFSA. The CEEA organises refresher courses in anaesthesiology which can be accessed here

Postgraduate Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia - The WFSA is offering funding to allow two young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries in Africa or the Middle East to complete the Postgraduate Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia offered by the University of Montpellier in Dubai. The Diploma is also supported by the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Health Authority. For more information click here


Essential Pain Management - EPM is a cost-effective, multi-disciplinary program. Run in over 40 countries we work with local health workers to improve pain knowledge, implement a simple framework for managing pain and address pain management barriers. For more information please click here.

In 2015 the WFSA funded and ran ‘Essential Pain Management’ courses in Prague (April), Ecuador (May), Belarus, Russia (Oct) & Serbia (Dec). The courses were very successful with mean post-course test scores substantially higher than pre-course scores. The report from the Serbia course in December 2015 highlights the importance of EPM and the specific successes of the training.

palliative care need vs unmetThe WFSA was also encouraged to see the official launch of the report of The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief in April 2018. The report highlights the importance of palliative care in global health and outlines the need to produce national and global health-systems strategies to expand access to palliative care and pain relief as an integral component of UHC while minimising the risk of diversion and non-medical use.



 In addition to its own publications, Update In Anaesthesia (UIA) and Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW), the WFSA also runs a book donation scheme for anaesthesiologists from poorer parts of the world who may not be able to access modern books and journals. If you are an anaesthesiologist willing to donate books or journals or you are a hospital or department that would benefit then please click here for more information.

Global Health Section - A&A - In a groundbreaking partnership with the IARS, the WFSA is establishing a Global Health Section in the highly respected journal Anaesthesia and Analgesia.  The creation of a "Global Health" section in Anesthesia & Analgesia, and the creation of "Global Health Reports" as a new manuscript type in Anesthesia & Analgesia Case Reports" provide a strong incentive to investigators worldwide to consider the requirements for safe anesthesia, particularly in the resource poor world. As data are gathered and needs are assessed, the combined efforts of the WFSA, the IARS, and Anesthesia & Analgesia will provide opportunities to ask important questions that affect all our patients and to document improvements in patient outcomes. You can read more here.

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Our Publications


Our Publications

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

 In a groundbreaking partnership with the International Anaesthesia Research Society (IARS) the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia is now an official journal of the WFSA and includes a Global Health Section.


e-SAFE is a free online resource that has been developed and funded by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) as an educational tool to support anaesthetists working in resource-limited areas. For more information and free access to these materials please click here.

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