On December 10-11, 2014 members of the G4 Alliance joined for the organization's inaugural board meeting and strategic planning session. Over 35 participants representing Colleges and Professional Associations, Federations, Academic Institutions, Funders, Non-Governmental and Multilateral Organizations from around the world participated in the two-day meeting hosted at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI) in London, UK.
Special guest speakers who participated in the strategic planning portion of the meeting included Dr Giorgio Cometto of the WHO's Global Health Workforce Alliance, Mr Jerome Sauvage, Deputy Director of the UNDP Washington Office, Mr Andy Leather, Chair of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, Dr Justine Davies, Editor in Chief of The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, Mr Justin Koester, Senior International Relations Specialist of Medtronic, Inc., and Mr Ian Walker, Corporate Citizenship Director with Johnson & Johnson.
Dr Emmanuel Makasa, Counsellor-Health of the Permanent Mission of Zambia in Geneva also shared a special update regarding the proposed WHO resolution on emergency and essential surgical care and anesthesia.
As identified during the meeting, G4 Alliance member organizations and collaborators are united in their dedication to advocating for the neglected surgical patient. Our mission is to provide a collective voice and platform for increased access to safe and quality surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anaesthesia care for all.