Workshop on the role of Faith-Based Organizations to support Surgery, Anaesthesia and the SDGs
-Adam Lewis, Gradian Health Systems-
On February 27, 2017, Gradian Health Systems, the G4 Alliance and the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) co-hosted a pre-conference workshop at the Alliance for Christian Health Associations Platform Conference. Session speakers and participants offered unique insights on the theme of surgery, anaesthesia and the SDGs.
Special guest speakers included:
1) Karen Sichinga (CHAZ) who outlined the linkages between surgery/anesthesia and other key health issues, sharing CHAZ's experience integrating surgical and anesthesia care into their member facilities.
2) Professor Pankaj Jani (COSECSA) who provided a high-level overview of the momentum behind global surgery and opportunities for FBOs to become involved in advocacy and training networks such as the G4 Alliance and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).
3) Dr. Augustino Hellar (Jhpiego) who showed how the global surgery movement is making its way down to the country level, sharing an update on Safe Surgery 2020 in Tanzania and their work around national surgical planning.
4) Dr. Mwemezi Kaino (KCMC) who shed light on the practical considerations around surgery/anesthesia at faith-based facilities, speaking about the challenges he's faced leading the anesthesia and critical care departments at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center.
The session concluded with a dynamic discussion among the speakers and CHA representatives from 13 countries, ultimately yielding a clear desire to create an online forum for FBOs interested in surgery and anesthesia - a platform for sharing partnership opportunities, training resources, planning and assessment tools, best practices and a variety of other ideas to strengthen surgical and anesthesia care within FBO networks.