Universal access to safe anaesthesia.
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.
The WFSA’s Constitution has gone through periodic revisions since the first World Congress in 1955. The most recent version was approved by the General Assembly in 2016 and can be downloaded here.