On February 3, 2016, the G4 Alliance had the privilege of welcoming the Honorable Dr. Reida El Oakley, Minister of Health of Libya as Chair of the most recent installment of the G4 Alliance Webinar Series. In this edition of the G4 Webinar series, panelists explored the importance of developing international standards and guidelines to provide a framework for integration of surgical care as part of national health plans.
Webinar panelists included Dr. Catherine deVries, Founding Director, University of Utah Center for Global Surgery, Dr. Lauri Romanzi, Program Director for Fistula Care Plus with EngenderHealth, and Dr. Sohier (Suzy) Elneil, Former Board Chair for the Fistula Foundation. The webinar provided an overview of the concept of a "surgical ecosystem" which accounts for the people, process and systems required to support a well-functioning operating room and district hospital system. The presenters stressed the importance of a three-pronged strategy: making sure patients can access facilities, providing safe and effective care at those facilities, and ensuring that follow-up care is provided after the patient is released.
Hon. Dr. El Oakley closed the discussion by emphasizing the need for collaboration between the WHO, the United Nations, the G4 Alliance, and other international bodies to support increased access to safe, effective and affordable surgical care for all. He shared his support for the G4 Alliance's over-arching goal to achieve universal access to surgical care, and underlined the importance of a global unifying target calling for "Safe Surgical Care for 80% of the World's Population by 2030".
Slides from the webinar are available here.
Background on the G4 Webinar Series
Surgical care is a cross-cutting and cost-effective public health intervention that enhances health, productivity and economic development. Yet nearly 5 billion people around the world still lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care. In support of the WHO resolution, and as a part of the G4 Alliance's Global Consultative Process, G4 member organizations have formed several expert working groups to review and provide recommendations regarding a series of key elements designed to provide a framework for the integration of surgical care as part of national health care plans. Key framework elements include:
1) Key Advocacy Messages
2) International Goals, Targets and Indicators
3) International Standards and Guidelines
4) Developing a Platform to Track Operative Case Log Data
5) Developing a Platform to Track Training & Partnerships
Learn More about the Global Consultative Process, and upcoming opportunities to engage and contribute here.