World Anaesthesia Day 2017

World Anaesthesia Day 2017

16th October 2017

Dear Member Societies, As you may know Monday 16th October 2017 is World Anaesthesia Day. This year we will be celebrating my promoting our #CountMeIn! campaign. Count Me In! is an initiative to unite anaesthesia providers on World Anaesthesia Day and focus on raising awareness and support for scaling-up “human resources for anaesthesia”.

The WFSA’s recently launched Global Anaesthesia Workforce Map, created by surveying anaesthesia providers around the world, highlights the anaesthesia workforce shortage crisis. 70 countries had a total anaesthesia provider density of less than 5 per 100,000 population. Without adequate numbers of staff it will be impossible to scale-up anaesthesia provision worldwide, and impossible to ensure access to safe anaesthesia for all patients.

I have attached a Count Me In! toolkit explaining how individual anaesthesiologists can get involved which I hope you will forward to you members. You can also find more information about the day at

Finally, we are also using this opportunity to gain more data about facility level anaesthesia capacity, and we would appreciate it if you could complete this survey ( on your hospital/medical centre.

Many thanks and best wishes,


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