The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Foundation


The WFNS Foundation promotes the worldwide development of Neurosurgery, mainly concerning basic neurosurgical issues and focusing on developing countries.

Millions of people suffer brain and spine related injuries, tumors, and infections worldwide. In developing countries, people frequently die or are left with permanent disabilities due to the lack of neurosurgical access. The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Foundation exists to help meet the world’s neurosurgical needs. Created in 2000 as a branch of WFNS, the WFNS Foundation operates with its own authorities and Board of Trustees, and has an office in the District of Columbia, in the United States of America, with the sole purpose of raising American funds supporting Foundation Programs. The WFNS Foundation does not participate in WFNS or Regional Federations political activities. However, it has active participation in all projects or programs meant to reduce inequality in worldwide neurosurgical management, with equity as the essence of its mission.

The Foundation is dedicated to:

  • Training and supporting the post-graduate education of young neurosurgeons in developing countries;
  • Providing high-quality, low-cost instrument sets and equipment to neurosurgeons in developing countries; and
  • Providing travel scholarships to young neurosurgeons to attend educational courses and fellowships.