WFSA: Achievements and Challenges

  • C. Parsloe


The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) was founded in 1955 at the 1st World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) with a clearly stated and noble objective: “to make available the highest standards of anaesthesia to all peoples of the world” [1]. The 1996 statutes re-stated that objective as “anaesthesia and resuscitation”. To that end several pursuits are listed, including: (1) to assist and encourage the formation of national societies of anaesthesiologists; (2) to promote education and the dissemination of scientific information; (3) to arrange at regular intervals a WCA and sponsor regional congresses; (4) to recommend desirable standards for the training of anaesthesiologists; (5) to encourage the establishment of safety measures, including the standardisation of equipment; (6) to advise, upon request, national and international organisations [2]. In this chapter it will become evident that all those pursuits were ably and extensively achieved, but it will also become evident that the WFSA still faces considerable challenges, over which it has no control.


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