Asia-Pacific Regional Launch and Consultative Meeting, Manila, Philippines

 

The G4 Alliance Asia-Pacific Launch and Regional Consultative Meeting was held on March 18, 2016. Hosted in partnership with G4 Member Organizations Cure International, Mending Kids, Operation Smile, and Smile Train, as well as local partners from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, and the UST Medical Alumni Association, the event attracted over 100 expert stakeholders from across the region, including leading representatives from government, non-profit organizations and professional societies.

Special guest panelists included Dr. Paulyn Rosell-Ubial, Assistant Secretary of Health with the Philippines Department of Health, Dr. Nguyen Duc Thang, Officer of the Vietname Medical Services Administration with the Ministry of the Health, Vietnam, Dr. Anthony Leachon, Director of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Dr. Jess Valencia, Dean of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.  

The regional event was chaired by the G4 Alliance's Founding Executive Director Dr. Jaymie Ang Henry, who was joined by co-hosts and panelists Mr. Leron Lehman, Executive Director of Tebow Cure Hospital, Cure International, Ms. Karisa Nguyen, Director of Research and Strategy with Mending Kids, Dr. Irene Tangco, Medical Director of Operation Smile, Philippines, and Dr. Ashish Sabharwal, Regional Vice President for Southeast Asia with Smile Train. 

The consultative process focused on the development of a regional strategy to support greater prioritization of surgical and anaesthesia care as part of national health care plans and UN Sustainable Development Goals commitments for universal health coverage.  The event began with an overview of most pressing surgical care issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Special guests and panelists discussed current health system gaps and ongoing strategies to address patient and health systems needs.  This was followed by an overview of the G4 Alliance's Global Consultative Process and key framework elements, including consensus surgical care indicators and the proposed global unifying target of "Safe Surgical Care for 80% of the World."

Participants were asked to break out into working groups to identify key advocacy messages, surgical care system needs and resource requirements for their region. G4 framework elements served as a resource for the participants who provided recommendations for the development a  regional surgical care strengthening plan. 

Highlights from the meeting included a commitment from Assistant Secretary Dr. Rosell-Ubial to collaborate with local stakeholders on the development of a national surgical care system strengthening plan, and a proposal to develop a regional G4 Alliance network, led by local professional societies, to support these efforts. 

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