WHO Passes Historic Resolution Recognizing the Role of Surgical Care & Anaesthesia as Part of Universal Health Coverage

On May 22, 2015 WHO resolution 68/15 on "Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage" was unanimously approved during 68th World Health Assembly.  

This historic resolution brought forth by the government of Zambia represents an important step towards opening the door to national capacity building, health systems strengthening and overall greater prioritization of essential surgical and anaesthesia care for those in need, often at the community and district hospital level.

The resolution was unanimously supported by 194 countries with formal statements made by the following member states: Zambia,Australia, USA, Thailand, Brazil, Vietnam, Nambia, Japan, Kenya, Togo, DPR Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Switzerland, Canada, Malaysia, Qatar, Philippines, Ecuador, Rwanda, Indonesia, China, Zimbabwe, Cook Island, Haiti, Jordan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Chinese Taipei.

The G4 Alliance would like to acknowledge the support and leadership of the Member States that formally sponsored the resolution including:

Australia, Kenya, Monaco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America and particularly Zambia which led coordination of efforts to bring this resolution to fruition. 

We also recognize and thank the organizations in consultative status with the WHO that made official statements during the session in support of the emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia resolution: 

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA)

International Federation of Surgical Colleges (IFSC) 

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) 

IntraHealth International Inc.

Finally, we would like to extend our special thanks to G4 Alliance Member Organizations for their ongoing support and commitment:

AAID (African agency for Integrated Development)

African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD)

Alliance for Surgery and Anaesthesia Presence (ASAP)

American Board of Surgery (ABS)

Arbutus Medical Inc.

Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)

Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Christiana Care Health System

College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA)

CURE International



FIA Foundation

Fistula Foundation

Global Paediatric Surgery Network (GPSN)

Global Pediatric Surgical Technology and Education Project

Golden Palay Ventures

Gradian Health Systems

Henry Family Advised Fund

Imperial College London Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI)

Indus Hospital Pakistan

International Collaboration for Essential Surgery (ICES)

International College of Surgeons (ICS)

International Federation of Surgical Colleges (IFSC)

International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS)



Johns Hopkins University Global Surgery Initiative

King's College Centre for Global Health

Netherlands Society for International Surgery (NSIS)

Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists (NSA)

Operation Smile

Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)

Pro-Health International

Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC), Harvard Medical School

ReSurge International

Roads for Life

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)


Smile Train

The Family Health Organization of Afghanistan (FHO-A)

The Right To Heal

University of Utah Center for Global Surgery

West African College of Surgeons (WACS)

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA)

World Journal of Surgery (WJS)


Thanks to all our partners and collaborators for your tremendous support!

The G4 Alliance Team