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Welcome to our new Member Societies
Since last October, the WFSA has approved new provisional members who will be put forward for ratification by the General Assembly in August. We are so proud that our global network is growing and would like to take this opportunity to say "Welcome to the family" to our colleagues in Guyana, Niger, Gabon, Brunei, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Republic of Srpska!

WCA 2016 Early Bird Deadline Extended
The deadline for Early Bird Registration to the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong has been extended by 1 month to enable all participants to register at the preferential rate. Act now to take advantage of this time limited offer.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to invest in your career! Learn from renowned specialists within your field and unlock the door to a world of professional networking.  

 Early Bird Extended Deadline: 31 March 2016 
Chair of WFSA's Africa Regional Section featured in The Guardian
Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe wrote an eye-opening article on ketamine
Medical ketamine access is currently under threat as China is pushing the United Nations Committee for Narcotic Drugs (CND) to class the drug in their 'Schedule 4' list of restricted substances. The WFSA is leading an international campaign against this threat to safe anaesthesia. As part of our efforts, Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe, Chair of the WFSA's African Regional Section, has been published in The Guardian newspaper talking about the role of ketamine in anaesthesia practice in Nigeria. 

Update: At the UN CND meeting on 17th March 2016, China agreed to postpone the decision on ketamine.
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Rolling out SAFE courses in East Africa following award of THET grant
In January the WFSA and the AAGBI began rolling out SAFE courses across East Africa. SAFE Paediatric courses have so far been held in Uganda and Zambia, and two SAFE Obstetric courses have been held in Kenya, training local physicians and anaesthetic officers on how to give the safest possible anaesthetic care.
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WFSA Awarded €10,000 grant to launch Senegal training programme 
Supported by the Air Liquide Foundation
The WFSA has been awarded a €10,000 grant to part-fund our obstetric training project which seeks to improve obstetric care in Senegal. The training will be run at the largest maternity centre in the region, the King Baudouin Centre, located in a suburb of Dakar.
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Teacher Training Courses held in Kiev, Ukraine
The course was held in Kiev from 28 Feb- 2 Mar 2016.
The four day event, organised by the WFSA and the Association of Anaesthesiologists of Ukraine, focused on teaching techniques, improving presentation skills, evaluating students,  using case studies to engage the participants. The course was a great success with follow-up training already being organised for next year.
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WFSA Announces Winners of Service Awards
8 winners chosen in 2 categories
The WFSA Presidential Award was given to Dr Archie Brain (UK), Dr Humberto Sainz Cabrera (Cuba), Dr Tiberiu Ezri (Romania/Israel) and Dr Thara Tritrakarn (Thailand). The Distinguished Service Award was awarded to Dr Anis Baraka (Egypt/Lebanon), Dr Haydn Perndt (Australia), Professor John Rowe Moyers (USA) and Dr Roger Eltringham (UK). The awards will be presented at the WCA in Hong Kong.
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ASA Abstract Deadline Approaching
Submit your scientific abstract 
The submission deadline for Scientific Abstracts (Oral, E-Poster, Poster Discussion) for the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2016 annual meeting (October 22-26, 2016) in Chicago is April 5, 2016 (11:59 p.m. CST).  These presentations will highlight new and original investigative work in slide, poster and poster discussion formats. Submission is FREE for ASA members. Non-members may submit an abstract for $25 USD.
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