2019 Priority Highlights
Based upon member consensus during our past Permanent Council meetings and our guiding strategic plan, the G4 Alliance has identified and launched several overarching priorities in 2019.
1. Increasing the visibility and prioritization of surgical care as part of the global public health agenda (WHO, UN, World Bank, etc.), as well as regional and national health agendas, via advocacy events, informational campaigns, and calls to action
Global Surgical Accountability Framework: as a result of the successful WHO campaign to keep surgery on the global agenda, 2019 will feature report-backs from WHO Member States on Resolution 68.15 - a critical milestone for measuring progress towards our 2030 goal. 2019 will also bring an opportunity to collaborate with the UHC community at the WHA and UNGA to ensure that global surgery is represented as a key strategy for achieving UHC!
2. Launching a robust Surgery in UHC campaign, working with partners and members to achieve common goals and strengthen existing efforts.
At the close of 2018, the G4 Alliance was honored to become an official member of UHC2030 alongside multilateral agencies such as WHO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO, UNAIDS, the World Bank, and the African Development Bank, representing the only organization advocating for surgical care as a key component of UHC. This is especially significant because this year, at the 2019 UN General Assembly, there will be the first High-Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC and a resulting declaration on country commitments to Universal Health Coverage. The G4 Alliance has launched an official working group to support advocacy for the inclusion of language on safe surgical and anaesthesia care in alignment with Resolution 68.15. Stay tuned for updates on how G4 members can formally engage in this platform.
3. Continuing and expanding support and advocacy for National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Planning through our member organizations and global network.
2018 was a year of great momentum for National Surgical Planning. Country leaders are recognizing the critical need for strong surgical systems as part of national health plans, and they are making commitments and taking action. In 2019, the G4 Alliance will continue to support and advocate for National Surgical Planning - and, through our member organizations working on the ground, support the next steps to ensure successful implementation.
4. Facilitating the progress of expert working groups launched at the G4 Alliance December PC Meeting
A full list of working groups, priorities, and opportunities to come—watch your inboxes!
5. Leveraging our partnerships and common goals to create joint campaigns and action opportunities
The Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Health Coverage movement have made it clear: we cannot work in isolation. Surgical conditions are inextricably linked to health issues including maternal health, NCDs, and cancer prevention and treatment. Delivering safe surgery requires empowered health workers at every level, effective WASH systems, and reliable infrastructure and supply chains. To truly bring change to neglected surgical patients, we must join with partners across a variety of health and development sectors.