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Invitation to the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Prague

Prof. Daniela Filipescu
European member in the WFSA Council
danielafilipescu@b.astral.ro

The 17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA), hosted by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and organised by the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, will take place between 5-9 September 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic (www.wcaprague2020.com). Please accept this invitation to join us.

The WFSA was founded in 1955 with the occasion of the first WCA in the Netherlands. The main goals of the new organisation were to assist and encourage the formation of national societies of anaesthesiologists, to promote education and disseminate scientific information and to arrange Congresses and sponsor regional courses. Currently, the WFSA is counting 137 anaesthesiology societies as members, covering more than 140 countries, with the mission to unite anaesthesiologists around the world, to improve patient care and access to safe anaesthesia and perioperative medicine.

The first World Congress of Anaesthesiologists was held at Scheveningen in the Netherlands in 1955

Every 4 years, the WFSA and a member National Society host the WCA which provides an extraordinary opportunity for the promotion of science, education, training, networking and exchange of experience across the spectrum of anaesthesiology. The WCA is unique in terms of global reach, diversity and social experience for all those attending. This time in Prague, special prizes will be awarded to the countries with the highest participation, the most active anaesthesiologists and the best congress promo.

WFSA is promoting education through congresses, conferences and summits, but also through many other initiatives such as the Safer Anaesthesia from Education (SAFE), Essential Pain Management (EPM), various Teacher Training and SAFE Operating Room courses and Vital Anaesthesia Simulation Training (VAST) programmes.

The Global Fellowship Programme is another longstanding WFSA educational activity which offers high-quality training to anaesthesia providers from low- and middle-income countries to promote safe anaesthesia practices, improve the professional development of the fellows and encourage them to share their newly gained expertise with their colleagues upon return and become the new leaders and teachers of anaesthesia in their home country. Below you can find the 2019 map of the fellowship training programme.

 

The in-house bi-weekly published Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week is an online open-access educational resource accompanied by a CME knowledge-testing quiz and a certificate to show appropriate completion. There are more than 400 tutorials available, 67 from the last year, some translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.  Update in Anaesthesia, the official publication of the WFSA, is another valuable free-of-charge educational resource which aims to provide clear, concise and clinically relevant overview articles for anaesthesiologists working with limited resources around the world. The latest outstanding issue on obstetric anaesthesia was published in September 2019. The WFSA has also set up an association with Anesthesia & Analgesia which publishes in its Global Health Section educational and scientific materials relevant to low-and middle-income countries.

As the only global organisation of anaesthesiologists, with strong links to surgical organisations and official liaison with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the WFSA is well placed to campaigning along with others to advance anaesthesia policy in the global health agenda, to support and promote a focus on the availability, safety and quality of anaesthesiology and to address the crises of unsafe surgery and access to surgical care. Current WFSA advocacy activities include: scaling-up of the anaesthesia workforce, achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and ensuring safe anaesthesia for all.

The Safe Anaesthesia for Everybody-Today (SAFE-T) campaign, launched at the WCA 2016 in Hong Kong aims to unite individuals, industry and organisations for the shared mission of promoting the International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia and enhancing safer anaesthesiology practice worldwide. The 2018 version of the Standards were developed for the first time on behalf of both the WFSA and the WHO.

WFSA has been actively promoting patient safety since its founding. Below you will find the map of events organised by our colleagues around the world to celebrate the first World Patient Safety Day on 17th September 2019.