World Anaesthesia

We work in partnership with both the 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

  1. To provide information, support, and advice to any UK anaesthetist who is interested in working in a low income setting.
  2. To promote the place of global anaesthesia in the UK.
  3. To advocate for high quality research into global anaesthesia.
  4. To advocate for a best practice approach to global anaesthesia.
  5. To promote these aims through publications, seminars, travel grants, and online tools.
  6. To support the education of anaesthetists in low income settings through provision of open-access, high quality, educational resources.


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 ‚Äď 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.

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