MESSAGE FROM THE GUEST OF HONOUR
What an honour it is to be invited to be the guest of honour of the 36th Annual Academic Congress of the College of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists of Sri Lanka. As the president of the WFSA, I appreciate your long-term commitment and contribution to our vision “Universal access to safe anaesthesia” and our mission to unite anaesthesiologists around the world to improve patient care and access to safe anaesthesia and perioperative medicine.
Five out of seven billion people in this world lack access to safe, affordable and accessible anaesthesia and surgery. Nobody is better suited than we are to take the lead to change the situation: We truly understand how important our speciality is for the safety of our patients.
The WFSA brings together hundreds of thousands of anaesthesiologists in 150 countries. To me, Sri Lanka represents some of my first memories of what the WFSA has come to mean to me: This year, it will be 25 years since I first set foot in your beautiful, fascinating country – at a congress in this very same Hotel Galadari. It was a fantastic combination of science (I still remember some of the abstracts from that meeting: Controversies on snake bite treatment and another on heat stroke – not the order of the day for my daily setting), of friendship across borders and religions and of cultural experiences. This first impression has only deepened since that meeting a silver anniversary ago, and I am looking forward to the coming days with you.
Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen