Advocacy Alert!

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), supported by USAID, are nationally-representative household surveys that provide data for a wide range of monitoring and impact evaluation indicators in the areas of population, health, and nutrition.

While a wealth of data has accumulated globally over the past decades in the areas of health and health care, there remains a dearth of data related to surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anaesthesia care. This poses a challenge for policymakers in attempting to improve such services, as they cannot plan for what they cannot measure. At the global level, data are necessary to monitor progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the health-related SDGs.

We have an opportunity to collect surgical data through the DHS platform. To demonstrate the global support for the collection of this data, please do the following:

Create an account and/or log into the DHS User Forum. Review the recommendations on the DHS portal and provide your support by replying if you agree. You can then comment on the proposed templates located as follows:

Thanks to the Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC), Lund University WHO Collaborating Center for Surgery and Public Health, and the German Global Surgery Association for revision recommendations.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at with questions or comments.

Country-Level Advocacy

The G4 Alliance provides a voice on behalf of the global surgical community to guide global health policy, raise awareness for disparities in surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anaesthesia care and to underscore cost-effective and successful strategies for key stakeholders, as well as national and international actors to address existing barriers to care.

We work to facilitate on-the-ground change by engaging with decision-makers and launching campaigns to galvanize support from policymakers and funders.  As part of these efforts, we focus on country-specific advocacy by convening  meetings and events to inform political prioritization of surgical care, leveraging the expertise of our network. 

Past efforts have included:

  • Coordinating and participating in meetings and policy discussions with country-level representatives, multi-lateral organizations, public and private sector and other key influencers.

  • Hosting US Congressional Briefing on Surgical Care and the Global Need (highlighting the cost-effectiveness and the cross-cutting impacts of investing in surgical care) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in partnership with ReSurge International.

  • Fostering relationships with key influencers to identify global surgery advocates and champions. Specific examples include engagement with the Ministries of Health of Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Libya, Liberia, Finland, Malawi, Somalia, Sudan, the USA (USAID, US Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health), and Ambassadors based in New York, Washington, DC and Geneva. These relationships are further cultivated through engagement on our G4 Honorary Council.

  • Expert consultative meetings, civil society engagement forums, and regional launches in partnership with G4 member organizations to engage with local stakeholders and government officials. To date, consultations and forums have been hosted in Kenya, Malawi, the Philippines, Peru, Tanzania, the US and Czech Republic.


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