Dr Stephan Jacob
President, World Federation of Paediatric Intensive Care Societies
Senior Staff Specialist, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, the Children's Hospital at Westmead (Sydney)
Clinical Associate Prof, University of Sydney
Board Member and Deputy Sensor, College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand


The World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS) was established in Paris, in September 1997. It arose from the vision of several world leaders in the field of pediatric critical care who saw the opportunity to combine international expertise, experience and influence to improve the outcomes of children suffering from life threatening illness and injury.
It was recognized that, by connecting national societies into an international network, they could achieve more than any one nation working alone. They envisioned a global community that would further research and distribute knowledge needed to care for critically ill infants and children. Working together, the Federation can set priorities, provide resources to pursue new knowledge, and link working groups around the world to build on current research. It can also host forums for discussion on how these research findings can be adapted and implemented to provide options for practitioners in a range of settings around the world.
Since 1992, with the leadership of 4 dedicated presidents, WFPICCS has actively participated in as well as have successfully organized, supported, and sponsored many global congresses, workshops, training courses, and regional educational meetings on pediatric critical care.