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.


Clinical update: Interim guidance from the World Health Organisation (produced on 13th March 2020) to assist local clinical guidance for the management of novel coronovirus-19 can be downloaded here:
“Intended for clinicians involved in the care of adult, pregnant, and paediatric patients with or at risk for severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) when infection with the COVID-19 virus is suspected. Considerations for paediatric patients and pregnant women are highlighted … It is not meant to replace clinical judgment or specialist consultation but rather to strengthen clinical management of these patients and to provide up-to-date guidance.”
Posted 30th March 2020

In view of the current impact of COVID-19 to services in the UK, the registered office and address for the World Anaesthesia Society (based at the Association of Anaesthetists in London, UK) is temporarily closed. Please send any correspondence for the World Anaesthesia Society to our email:

We will advise when the situation changes

For our members, both in the UK and around the world, we are looking to support you and your patients as best we can through this difficult time. Please keep checking the website for updates.

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 ‚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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