World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS)

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    The World Fed­er­a­tion of Asso­ci­a­tions of Pedi­atric Sur­geons, the WOFAPS, as it is widely known, was founded in 1974 and has grown to be the world rep­re­sen­ta­tive body of National Pedi­atric Sur­gi­cal Asso­ci­a­tions with a cur­rent mem­ber­ship of more than 100 coun­tries. The WOFAPS’ mis­sion to improve the sur­gi­cal care of the world’s chil­dren has been embod­ied in the Dec­la­ra­tion of Pedi­atric Surgery in Kyoto in 2001. We wel­come you to use this web­site as a resource to enhance com­mu­ni­ca­tion amongst the world’s pae­di­atric sur­gi­cal community.

    WOFAPS-​Foundation Scholarships

    Inter­na­tional Guest Schol­ar­ship Program

    The WOFAPS Foun­da­tion offers Inter­na­tional Guest Schol­ar­ships to com­pe­tent young pedi­atric sur­geons (less than 40 years old) from devel­op­ing coun­tries who have demon­strated strong inter­ests in teach­ing and research. The Foun­da­tion will cover econ­omy class travel expenses and addi­tional sup­port. The schol­ar­ships pro­vide the recip­i­ents with an oppor­tu­nity to visit well rec­og­nized and estab­lished pedi­atric sur­gi­cal teach­ing cen­ters in North Amer­ica, Europe, Asia and Africa for a two-​three month clin­i­cal observer­ship. The host insti­tu­tion will pro­vide lodg­ing and sustenance.

    Please com­plete the appli­ca­tion and sub­mit it to the address indi­cated on the form.


    Appli­ca­tions must be com­pleted in full with all the rel­e­vant require­ments includ­ing a full and detailed CV with pub­li­ca­tions if applic­a­ble as well as let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion from your depart­ment head and the Pres­i­dent of the National Asso­ci­a­tion of your Coun­try. Incom­plete appli­ca­tions will not be processed.

    Ques­tions may be addressed to tomas.​wester@​karolinska.​se


    WOFAPS was founded on 15th Octo­ber 1974 in Sao Paulo, Brazil dur­ing a Pedi­atric Surgery Con­gress with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 43 Coun­tries under the Pres­i­dency of Prof. Vir­gilio Car­valho Pinto and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Prof. Josa Pinus. Prof. Har­vey Beard­more (Canada) was elected the first Pres­i­dent of the WOFAPS.

    Objec­tives of WOFAPS were

    • Pro­mo­tion of a high stan­dard of pedi­atric surgery
    • Encour­age­ment of the eth­i­cal prac­tice of pedi­atric surgery
    • Improve the stan­dards of edu­ca­tion for the train­ing of pedi­atric surgeons
    • Pro­mo­tion and encour­age­ment of pedi­atric sur­gi­cal research

    The WOFAPS shall be rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Pedi­atric Sur­gi­cal Asso­ci­a­tion, but not of indi­vid­ual per­sons and it does not rep­re­sent any polit­i­cal ideas nor does it make any racial or reli­gious dis­tinc­tion. (see the Con­sti­tu­tion )

    In 1983, only 23 Asso­ci­a­tions belonged to the WOFAPS, but the orga­ni­za­tion has made con­sid­er­able strides since its incep­tion and has grown to include over 100 mem­ber coun­tries and is rec­og­nized and par­tic­i­pates in Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tions of Pedi­atric Surgery and also other orga­ni­za­tion such as UNICEF, UNESCO, and WHO. This has been due to the strong lead­er­ship and efforts of the Pres­i­dents, Exec­u­tive Board Mem­bers and espe­cially the extra­or­di­nary hard work of Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Trea­surer Prof. J. Boix-​Ochoa.


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