World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists
The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) represents hundreds of thousands of anaesthesiologists in 145 countries. We work with our national member societies and other organisations to achieve universal access to safe anaesthesia, directly contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 3 and Universal Health Coverage by 2030. We unequivocally supported WHA Resolution 68.15 on Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage, and were proud to be one of 5 non-state actors in official liaison with WHO highlighted in the 2017 Progress Report.
There cannot be Universal Health Coverage without a scale up of surgical services worldwide. The provision of surgical care has been neglected over many years and it is estimated that, each year, more than four times as many people die from surgical conditions than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. More than 5 billion people are without access to safe and affordable surgical care when needed, and an additional 1.27 million surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia providers will be required by 2030 to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
As a leader in promoting access to safe surgery and anaesthesia, the WFSA welcomes the commitment towards a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on Universal Health Coverage in 2019, encourages the inclusion of safe anaesthesia and surgery in the high-level meeting, and urges Member States to continue their commitments to achieving SDG Goal 3, target 3.8 on achieving Universal Health Coverage, reminding them of the important role of safe anaesthesia and surgery in reaching this objective, in addition to the commitments to strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of UHC made in WHA Resolution 68:15.