The Global Surgical Ecosystem:
Strengthening Healthcare Worldwide
Thank you for participating at the 2017 CUGH Global Surgery Satellite Session. This full-day event brought together more than 120 attendees and 214 viewers to explore the current landscape of global health, the challenges of providing surgical and anaesthesia care worldwide, and the practices and emerging technology that can strengthen global health systems in low- and middle-income countries.
The Satellite featured interactive panel discussions, presentations, and many opportunities for networking. The program included six thematic sessions covering topics ranging from surgery and regional context, academic global surgery, technology and innovation, as well as financing. A copy of the final agenda is available.
In addition to an outstanding group of panelists and moderators (more details here), featured guest speakers included Hon. Dr. Keith Martin (CUGH) who welcomed participants and emphasized the importance of surgery to strengthen health care worldwide, Dr. Catherine deVries (University of Utah and G4 Alliance) who presented an overview of the surgical ecosystem, Dr. John Meara (Harvard PGSSC) who shared an overview of global surgery strategies and tactics in the SDG-era, Ambassador Jimmy Kolker (Ret. Assist Secretary, HHS/Office of Global Affairs) who provided his perspective as a global health diplomat, and Mr. Brendan Allen (G4 Alliance) who spoke about the role of partnerships and collaboration to support advocacy and action.
A special thanks to all our speakers and panelists and to our Global Surgery Satellite event chairs who helped to make this event possible: Dr. Catherine deVries (G4 and University of Utah), Dr. Girma Tefera (American College of Surgeons Operation Giving Back), and Dr. Walt Johnson (WHO Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Programme).