In September 2020, the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) will host the 17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA), organized by the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine in Prague.
In 1955, at the first WCA held in the Netherlands, 28 national societies created the WFSA, setting out three chief aims:
Sixty-four years later, the WFSA has expanded to count over 134 national societies as members and has promoted education – including SAFE courses, conferences, fellowships, safety summits and innumerable other initiatives – while publishing in-house the Tutorial of the Week and Update in Anaesthesia. The WFSA has also set up an association with Anesthesia & Analgesia to widely disseminate education and scientific materials, realizing abundantly its founders’ aims over the intervening years. In addition, the organization has added a further important aim: to serve as an advocate for the safe practice of anesthesia worldwide.