World Anaesthesia

We work in partnership with both the Association of Anaesthetists (AAGBI) and the Royal College of Anaesthetists to support and promote global health in anaesthesia, both from a practical and an academic perspective.

World Anaesthesia Society (WAS) is a specialist society, based in the UK, for anaesthetists with an interest in working in low income regions of the world.

WAS is a proud member of the WFSA SAFE-T campaign, and maintains links with a variety of bodies who are engaged with the global effort to improve anaesthetic care.

Our aims

The aims of the Society are:
  1. To support efforts to improve the provision of anaesthesia and peri-operative care in low resource environments, whether through practice, education, innovation, or research.
  2. To promote such efforts through seminars, publications, social media, workshops, and conferences.
  3. To support academic, educational and service provision projects in the form of grants and awards


World Anaesthesia News is our biannual publication, sent to all members and uploaded onto our website. It features reports of educational courses, experiences of anaesthetists working in lower income countries, book reviews and letters.


We run biannual seminar days with a range of speakers, hosted by the AAGBI at Portland Place, London.

Travel Grants

We administer funds to support projects in low income regions, administered through the International Relations Committee of the AAGBI and the RCoA.

Educational resources

Targeting those with little or no access to text books or journals, WAS has been key to development of two major educational publications – Update in Anaesthesia and Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week. Both of these have been so successful that they have been taken on by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.

We’re supporting the Lifebox Big Give 2019! Support Lifebox in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019 and help to provide surgical headlights, anaesthesia monitoring and training to Liberian hospitals. Support the campaign with a pledge (£100 minimum) – pledge here by 30th August 2019

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