What is emergency and essential surgical care?
Emergency and essential surgical care covers those interventions that are critical for specific conditions in preventing premature death and disability. Our programme focuses on improving infrastructure and training that help provide simple, vital procedures that are safe, affordable and accessible.
Five billion people lack access to safe and affordable surgery
In 2015, The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery produced a report – Global Surgery 2030 – which outlines five key approaches for improving universal access to safe and affordable surgical and anaesthesia care. Review the report overview below and learn more about other key findings, too.
Misconceptions about global surgery
Surgical care needs to be recognized as an important and cost-effective intervention. Surgical care is often perceived as too expensive to implement, but is similarly cost-effective to currently implemented non-surgical routine interventions. The World Health Organization aims to advance the status of surgical care in global public health and coordinate plans to address the unfulfilled surgical burden.
Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide
Stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability in the world. The majority of strokes occur in low- and middle-income countries, where the incidence has doubled over the last four decades, while its incidence continues to decline in high-income countries. WHO is therefore developing guidelines for the management of acute stroke in low- and middle-income countries and aims to expand training programmes in stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation through its partners. Click on the bulletin below to learn more why global stroke intervention is so important.
Interactive eLearning course on surgical care and anaesthesia
According to WHO, a global shortage of over 17 million health care workers of all types existed in 2013; this number is rapidly growing. The shortage is especially stark in the surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia workforce, which remains one of the leading challenges in developing adequate surgical care delivery systems.
A modular eLearning course has been developed, in association with , and , that can be easily accessed by medical providers, in an effort to improve very basic surgical and anaesthetic skills.