The G4 Alliance hosted its 3rd Board of Directors Meeting on December 4-5th in Blantyre, Malawi. The meeting was hosted in collaboration with local host and G4 member organization the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and the Surgical Association of Malawi. The meeting was opened by a special video address provided by Ambassador Dr. Neil Parsan, Chair of the G4 Alliance’s Honorary Council and Executive Secretary for Integral Development with the Organization of American States. In addition to 36 board members, representatives from non-member organizations were also in attendance to observe the proceedings and contribute to various discussions.
The procedural aspects of the meeting were interspersed with updates from G4 Board Committees and from each of the five Key Framework Elements Working Groups. Members of the Working Groups have been tasked with developing recommendations on a series of key framework elements that will be incorporated as part of the G4 Alliance’s Global Action Plan for advocacy, policy implementation and resource mobilization. Key Framework Elements include: (1) Key Advocacy Messages; (2) National Goals, Targets and Indicators; (3) Global Standards and Guidelines; (4) Developing a Platform to Collect Operative Case Log Data; and (5) Developing a Platform to Track Training and Partnerships.
Following procedural updates, the board engaged in an interactive strategic planning process intended to help lay the groundwork for a 5, 10, and 15 year action plan for the G4 Alliance. Breakout sessions focused on the role of advocacy, national and international policy implementation as well as resource mobilization. These collaborative sessions provided board members and observers an opportunity to share their expertise, ideas, and proposed strategies to support the G4 Alliance’s collective mission of advocating for the neglected surgical patient.
Arguably the most noteworthy session from the two-day meeting focused on creating a unifying goal for the G4 Alliance as the organization and its members work toward the ultimate vision of universal access to safe surgical care. Focusing on improving patient access to care, the proposed target reads:
Adopting this type of target creates a campaign that potential funders, policymakers, and the public can rally behind, generating momentum around the larger global surgery movement. Our collaborative efforts, expertise, and commitment to advocate for the neglected surgical patient will continue in support of this unifying goal. At the center of the campaign, the G4 Alliance and its member organizations will be working at the local, national, and international levels to push for implementation of the WHO surgery and anaesthesia resolution (68.15) through inclusion of surgical care in national health plans.
The G4 Alliance Board Meeting closed a week of unprecedented meetings and events focused on improving access to and capacity for global surgical care including G4’s African Regional Launch event and Consultative Meeting, both held in Blantyre, Malawi.
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