The Asian Society of Paediatric Anaesthesiologists (ASPA) was first mooted in 1999 amongst members of the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Singapore. Paediatric anaesthesia colleagues from various Asian countries were consulted. With many favourable responses, a Pro Tem committee for ASPA was formed.
The intention of forming specifically “Asian” society was to highlight needs and issues that are peculiar to Asia. We also wanted to give our Asian colleagues a platform to share ideas, techniques, and experiences. As a platform for interaction between Asian countries with different healthcare needs and capabilities, we hoped to be able to form a network in which trainees from less well-endowed anesthesia communities may benefit from training fellowships in others.