G4 Alliance Luncheon
Oct
18
11:15 AM11:15

G4 Alliance Luncheon

G4 Alliance Luncheon

Advocacy, Action and Accountability - Progress Towards Global Surgery for All

Hosted during the 2016 ACS Clinical Congress

Date: Tuesday October 18, 2016

Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

(Registration at 11:15 am)

Location: Marriott Marquis Washington DC, 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Salons 12/13, Washington, DC 20001

Kindly RSVP for the event here by October 14, 2016 (Link: https://goo.gl/forms/4U2R2DdtZudxSWU12)

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Safe Surgery Event at 71st UNGA - New York, NY
Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Safe Surgery Event at 71st UNGA - New York, NY

SAVE THE DATE
In partnership with the GE Foundation and Safe Surgery 2020, the G4 Alliance and our network of member organizations invite you to attend a side event hosted in parallel with the 71st UN General Assembly. 

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016  | Time: 3:00 PM–5:00 PM
Location: Apella Event Space at Alexandria Center
450 East 29th Street, Room 200, New York, NY 10016

Hosted in parallel with the 71st UN General Assembly, this high level panel will focus on safe surgical care as a catalyst for achieving universal health coverage and the broader sustainable development agenda. Panelists will discuss strategies for strengthening surgical care and health systems overall, highlighting the linkages between robust country-level engagement, innovative approaches, effective financing strategies and collaboration across sectors. 

Reception will follow.
Please RSVP today to reserve your spot.

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Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting – New York, NY
Sep
19
to Sep 21

Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting – New York, NY

Annual Meeting: 

CGI's Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. Meeting participants analyze pressing global challenges, discuss the most effective solutions, and build lasting partnerships that enable them to create positive social change. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,400 commitments, improving the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

The 2016 Annual Meeting will take place September 19–21 in New York City.

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Aug
28
to Sep 2

16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists

The 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA 2016)
August 28 – September 2, 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

The World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) is the flagship congress of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists - WFSA. WCA 2016 provides a uniquely rich program covering a broad spectrum to accommodate varying levels of expertise and various specialties in anaesthesiology. WCA acts as a key resource for education and best practice in anaesthesiology and its sub-specialties.

At this year's 16th WCA, the G4 Alliance will be partnering with WFSA to host a Global Anaesthesia and Surgical Care panel on Monday, August 29.
More details to follow.

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PAAS WITS Biennial Surgical Symposium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jun
27
to Jun 29

PAAS WITS Biennial Surgical Symposium, Johannesburg, South Africa

Message from Martin Smith, Academic Head of Surgery and Chairperson of the LOC:

 Welcome to the 25th Wits Biennial Surgical Symposium website. This is the oldest Academic Department based meeting in the country with a proud history of serving the continued medical education needs of General Surgeons in South Africa. We are committed to continuing this tradition by hosting a meeting with an excellent program and presented by both established experts in their fields as well as providing a platform for the future leaders in surgery to inform and educate us. In an effort to maintain the relevance of this meeting we have chosen a theme which will interest all general surgeons regardless of their subspecialty or area of interest. The title of our 2016 meeting will be “Evidence based medicine meets standard of care”. A draft program will soon be available on this web site. The venue for our last symposium was able to accommodate all our and your needs (we assure you that we will take better control of the cold in 2016) and as such we have elected to again host the event in the School of Public Health auditorium. I therefore urge you to save the date and to regularly visit our website were new information regarding registration and accommodation will be posted. Thank you for your on-going support for the Wits Biennial Surgical Symposium.

Martin Smith

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

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Safe Surgery: A Non-Negotiable for Women's Health, Equity, and Well-Being?
May
16
to May 19

Safe Surgery: A Non-Negotiable for Women's Health, Equity, and Well-Being?

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Safe Surgery: A Non-Negotiable for Women's Health, Equity, and Well-Being?

Thursday, May 19, 2016
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  | Breakfast will be served
Bella Center RM B4-5, Copenhagen, Denmark

Join the G4 Alliance, EngenderHealth, GE Foundation, and Safe Surgery 2020 for an interactive event exploring the links between access to safe surgical care and women's health, maternal mortality and equity.   

About Women Deliver

The conference, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 16-19 May 2016, will be the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing in more than a decade, and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the SDGs. The focus of the conference will be on how to implement the SDGs so they matter most for girls and women, with a specific focus on health – in particular maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights – and on gender equality, education, environment, and economic empowerment.

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US Congressional Briefing: Surgical Care and the Global Need
May
10
2:00 PM14:00

US Congressional Briefing: Surgical Care and the Global Need

US Congressional Briefing: Surgical Care and the Global Need

May 10, 2-3PM EST
Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC

Join us to hear from leading experts in academia, the NGO sector, private sector, and government who will share the latest findings on the global impact of this public health issue as well as cost-effective strategies for strengthening health systems and increasing access to surgical care.

In collaboration with the Congressional Global Health Caucus, the G4 Alliance and ReSurge International.

Distinguished speakers include:

Dr. Thomas E. Novotny (moderator)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
US Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Fizan Abdullah
Head of Pediatric Surgery, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago & 
Interim Chair of the Board, the G4 Alliance

Mr. Vince Blaser
Director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition & 
Advocacy Advisor, IntraHealth International

Dr. Kiran Nakarmi
Surgical Outreach Director - Nepal
ReSurge International

Dr. Ross "Rusty" Segan
Chief Medical Officer, Global Orthopedics & Global Surgery
Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Mark Shrime
Research Director, Program in Global Surgery & Social Change at Harvard Medical School &
Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

Ms. Asha Varghese
Director of Global Health
GE Foundation

 

Want to learn more about contacting your representative about the need for surgical care around the world?

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Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 85th 85th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC), Brisbane
May
2
to May 6

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 85th 85th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC), Brisbane

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The Annual Scientific Congress (ASC):

  • The College's major educational annual activity.
  • The largest multi-disciplinary surgical meeting held in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Provides Fellows with a valuable opportunity to present their experience, wisdom and opinions to their colleagues, in a challenging and truly international forum.
  • Has different scientific programs that offer participants the opportunity to learn and experience first hand the advances in surgical specialties.

The ASC consists of plenary and concurrent sessions for sections. Each participating section invites an eminent authority as a distinguished visitor, around whom the specialty program is built. Distinguished visitors are selected from overseas or within Australia.

The ASC is held over four days and provides ample opportunity for inter-disciplinary as well as specialized discussion.

History - The first general scientific meeting of the College was held in Canberra in 1928. Since then, meetings have been held annually, with the venue rotating through the main cities of Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Theme: Surgery, Technology and Communication
Presentation by G4 Officer Professor Pankaj Jani, COSECSA

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Global Health Partnerships: Innovations in Surgery, Education and Research 2016
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Global Health Partnerships: Innovations in Surgery, Education and Research 2016

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Global Health Partnerships: Innovations in Surgery, Education and Research 2016

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd April 2016

This international conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and others committed to promoting health and combating diseases of poverty, with a focus on low and middle income countries. Participants will present or contribute to discussions, and learn lessons coming from a range of north-south educational, training and research partnerships. Participation from southern partners who have collaborated with Irish research institutions or NGOs is particularly welcome.

Kindly supported by Fáilte Ireland www.meetinireland.com  

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G4 Webinar: Developing a Platform to Track Training & Partnerships in Global Surgical Care
Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

G4 Webinar: Developing a Platform to Track Training & Partnerships in Global Surgical Care

The role of global surgical care and anaesthesia in the realm of public health has been undergoing a significant transformation. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated stakeholders, surgical care is increasingly transitioning from its perceived role as the neglected stepchild of the global health field, and emerging as an integral component of universal health coverage. 

With increasing interest and activity in the field of global surgical and anaethesia care, how can we best coordinate our efforts to ensure most efficient use of time and resources? Is there a role for the development of a collective global platform to help track and manage surgical partnerships and training initiatives? 

In this edition of the G4 Webinar Series, we will be exploring the role of online platforms as a resource to track training and partnerships in global surgical care. A dedicated working group that has been reviewing this issue will be providing their recommendations and share expert input on best practices to develop a web-based platform that fosters communication, coordination and collaboration among global surgery stakeholders. 

This webinar will take a look at similar models to draw on best-practices and recommendations. The panelists will also provide an overview of potential user profiles, exploring the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities they would face in using an online platform. Finally, the group will review how an active network that fosters communication and collaboration between G4 members and other global surgical care and anaesthesia stakeholders may contribute to optimal sharing of knowledge, resources and best-practices.

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InterAction Forum
Apr
18
to Apr 20

InterAction Forum

  • Washington Marriott Wardman Park (map)
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As members of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), G4 Alliance members ReSurge, JhpiegoIntraHealth, and Harvard PGSSC will host a panel titled Safe Surgery: The Misunderstood and Essential Link in Global Health and Development at the 2016 Forum. This panel will mark the first time global surgery has been officially addressed at the InterAction Forum. 

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Unite for Sight Conference
Apr
16
to Apr 17

Unite for Sight Conference

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The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, change-makers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

Unite For Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit global health delivery organization that is free of commercial interests and committed to promoting high-quality health care for all. The Global Health & Innovation Conference is presented annually by Unite For Sight. GHIC 2016 is Unite For Sight's 13th annual conference.

 

Panel: GE Foundation Safe Surgery 2020 Discussion featuring moderator Dr. David Barash and G4 Alliance


Presentation: Moving the Needle on Global Surgery: The Role of Alliances in Global Health (G4 Board Officer Dr. Kathleen Casey)

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Global Surgical Frontiers Conference: The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, one year on.
Apr
15
1:30 PM13:30

Global Surgical Frontiers Conference: The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, one year on.

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Global Surgical Frontiers Conference: The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, one year on:

The International Office is delighted to announce that this year's GSF Conference will take place on Friday 15 April 2016 at The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

The aim of the Global Surgical Frontiers Conference is to provide information and opportunities for UK-based surgeons, trainees and consultants, to address issues raised by surgeons and to identify opportunities to work overseas.

The GSF theme for 2016 will focus on The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, one year on. The whole day will consist of a forum for presentations, poster competitions, discussions and debates on different responses to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery 2015, drawing from current projects and future ones.

This one-day conference aims to challenge the audience of practitioners, students, retirees, and educators to consider new paradigms of how high-income countries can and should engage in global surgery over the coming decade. To find out more, please download the conference provisional program.

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Forum on Financing and Innovation in Global Health (FIGH)
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Forum on Financing and Innovation in Global Health (FIGH)

Roundtable on Safe Surgery 

"An estimated 5 billion people around the world lack access to safe, affordable surgical care and, for the first time in history, surgically-treated conditions cause more deaths than infectious disease. This roundtable discussion will explore innovative partnerships, programs and financing to promote and deliver safe surgeries to address maternal health outcomes, road injuries and other traumatic conditions in emerging and frontier markets."
 
Participant list:
Moderated by Ross "Rusty" Segan, Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices
Mira Mehes, Interim Executive Director, G4 Alliance
Asha Varghese, Director, Global Health, GE Foundation
Richard Vandenberg, Director of Strategic Programs, Operation Smile
James Bernstein, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Eniware Portable Sterilization

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

FIGH seeks to spark the blending and unlocking of the capital, energy, expertise, and creativity of all sectors to drive effective and transformative global health investment.

Over the course of this conference, we will bring stakeholders together to align on a vision of a world where the public, private and philanthropic sectors come together to play a significant, active, and informed role in addressing the world’s most urgent health challenges. This event will mark the start of FIGH’s growth into a multi-sectoral initiative dedicated to creatively and efficiently financing solutions to address
the world’s most complex global health challenges.

Click here for more information.

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G4 Alliance Consultative Meeting & Regional Launch
Mar
18
8:30 AM08:30

G4 Alliance Consultative Meeting & Regional Launch

Join the G4 Alliance for a Consultative Meeting and our Southeast Asia Regional Launch at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Agenda and additional details to follow.

This event is hosted in collaboration with G4 members CURE International, Mending Kids, Operation Smile, and Smile Train

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G4 Alliance Webinar: Developing a Platform to Collect Surgical Care Data
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

G4 Alliance Webinar: Developing a Platform to Collect Surgical Care Data

The fourth installment of the G4 Alliance Webinar Series on Key Framework Elements explores Platforms to Collect Surgical Care Data. 

We are pleased to announce that Ambassador Dr. Neil Parsan, Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the Organization of American States, will be joining us as Chair of this month's webinar. 

In this edition of the G4 Alliance Webinar Series, panelists will be discussing the importance of tracking and monitoring surgical outcomes, including the development of technology platforms to support robust data collection, evaluation and feedback loops. 

The webinar will provide an overview of existing tools and resources available for collection of operative and surgical data. Our expert working group will share findings and recommendations based on their review of current resources and standards for monitoring and evaluation of surgical and anaesthesia outcomes. 

While a number of tools exist to gather health data at various levels of care (i.e.: individual, community/household, hospital), it is at the national level where consistent, large-scale operative and surgical data can be collected and aggregated on a globally relevant scale. 

In addition to existing platforms, a wide variety of operation classification standards exist, such as ICD-10-PCS, SNOWMED and CCAM. To obtain widespread comparable data, it will be important to standardize the way operations are recorded at the facility level. Furthermore, it will be important to work with governments to ensure that national aggregation of data highlights surgically-relevant indicators such as peri-operative mortality rate. 

This webinar will focus on effective strategies to support widespread surgical data collection and to strengthen overall surgical care systems through customization of health management information systems across low and middle income countries (LMICs).

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Cavendish Global Impact Forum, Palm Beach, FL
Feb
15
to Feb 18

Cavendish Global Impact Forum, Palm Beach, FL

The Palm Beach hosted Cavendish Global Impact Forum: 

‘A CELEBRATION OF PHILANTHROPY, IMPACT INVESTING AND INNOVATION THAT IS CHANGING THE WORLD’

Accomplished Family Office, Philanthropist and Guest Speakers of the Palm Beach hosted Forum Includes participation by members of the Cavendish community from around the world including:

• Leading family offices

• Accomplished foundations

• Representatives of sovereign wealth funds

• CEO innovators from the private sector and not-for-profit sector

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G4 Webinar: International Standards & Guidelines for Surgical & Anaesthesia Care
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

G4 Webinar: International Standards & Guidelines for Surgical & Anaesthesia Care

What role do international standards and guidelines play in supporting country-level integration of surgical and anaesthesia care? 

In this installment of the G4 Alliance Webinar Series, we will be discussing the importance of standards and guidelines to support country-level integration of surgical and anaesthesia care as part of national health systems strengthening. This webinar will provide an overview of existing surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia standards and guidelines, and an opportunity for engagement and discussion. We will also review the concept of the surgical ecosystem and explore the resources and infrastructure required to support a well-functioning operating room and district hospital system.

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Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

G4 Alliance Regional Consultative Meeting

The goal of the Regional Consultative Meeting was to discuss advocacy and policy efforts and to contribute to the development of a G4 plan in support of increased access to safe and high-quality surgical, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia care.
 
This consultative meeting represented a collaboration between the G4 Alliance, COSECSA and the Surgical Association of Malawi (SAM) and was overseen by distinguished guests from the WHO and ministries of health. The meeting focused on the importance of developing a shared advocacy and policy platform as a strategy to build greater priority for neglected surgical issues. A process for developing a global action plan was presented, and input regarding a series of framework elements including: key messages, global standards and guidelines for surgical care, as well as data collection and a global accountability framework, was sought.

Click here for a full list of past events.

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Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

G4 Alliance African Regional Launch

Please see our Regional Launch blog post for a summary of the event.

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G4 Alliance Global Launch
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

G4 Alliance Global Launch

The G4 Alliance officially launched on May 19, 2015 in parallel with the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Over 100 guests attended the launch event, including official country representatives from Ireland, Italy, Malta, Moldova, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the United States of America, Vietnam, and Zambia. 

Special guest speakers included:

Honorable Dr. Joseph Kasonde
Minister of Health, Republic of Zambia

Dr. Karen DeSalvo
U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Service

H.E. Mr. Christopher Onyanga Aparr
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations in Geneva

H.E. Mr. John Sandy
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations in Geneva

Dr. Luong Ngoc Khuê
Director of Medical Service Administration, Ministry of Health, Vietnam 

Sir George Alleyne
Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization,
Chancellor, University of the West Indies,
Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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