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.

COVID-19 Resources

World Medical Education have created a series of videos for COVID-19 patient management here. These include donning, doffing, proning, oxygen therapy and intubation. 

Ideas for supporting LMIC partners during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Zambian Anaesthesia Development Program (ZADP) here. Posted 30th April 2020. GADP are also fundraising for essential PPE for their partners in Zambia and Ethiopia, donations can be made here. Read more about GADP recent activities here.

Lifebox and partners have published guidance on preparing the surgical, obstetric, and anaesthesia ecosystem for COVID-19, have created a decision-making tool for using a pulse oximeter to help clinicians determine when oxygen support is needed for suspected COVID-19 patients, and a COVID-19 Surgical Patient Checklist for use in the OR. 

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has collated resources and guidance for anaesthesia and peri-operative care providers here. A webpage with resources specific to low resource settings is available here

Guidance from the World Health Organisation on clinical management of COVID-19 is available here and WHO COVID-19 technical guidance links here.

Information for healthcare professionals about COVID-19 from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found here.

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 – 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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