Articles  |   August 2016
WFSA Set to Expand Global Fellowship Program as Part of Commitment to Strengthen Global Anesthesia and Surgical Workforce
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  • Niki O’Brien
    WFSA Communications Officer
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Articles   |   August 2016
WFSA Set to Expand Global Fellowship Program as Part of Commitment to Strengthen Global Anesthesia and Surgical Workforce
ASA Monitor 08 2016, Vol.80, 42-43.
ASA Monitor 08 2016, Vol.80, 42-43.
We are facing a global crisis. With a huge short-fall in the anesthesia workforce and more than 2.2 million additional anesthesiologists, obstetricians and surgeons needed by 2030, it is essential that more is invested in high-quality training programs for anesthesiologists around the world.
In low- and middle-income countries, high mortality rates in the operating room are often related to a lack of infrastructure and workforce. A shortage of qualified anesthesiologists and inadequate follow-up training for anesthesia providers can result in anesthesia being administered by untrained or poorly trained personnel.
The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) began offering fellowships to young anesthesiologists from low- and middle-income countries in 1996 as part of a wider mission to improve patient care and access to safe anesthesia. Twenty years later, the program has successfully trained more than 250 fellows from countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
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