I am delighted to share with you the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists Annual Report for 2019/20.
Last year, WFSA made significant advances in strengthening global anaesthesia care. Several thousand clinicians participated in our anaesthesiologist-led in-country training programmes or downloaded and utilised our ever-popular online continued medical education resources. WFSA have also been very active in advocating internationally to promote anaesthesiology as an essential element of global health.
Anaesthesia and intensive care specialists are playing essential roles on the front-line of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To support these colleagues, WFSA is working with its members to provide practical up-to-date clinical information and resources to manage and care for COVID-19 patients.
WFSA are at the forefront of efforts to develop new innovative approaches that will ensure that anaesthesia and perioperative care teams the world over continue to receive the quality continued medical education they need. This will help to close the gap for those 5 out of 7 billion people in this world who do not have access to safe anaesthesia and surgery.
I hope you will enjoy reading the Annual Report and I look forward to working and engaging with you again in person.
Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen