G4 Alliance Permanent Council Meeting at #WHA71


The 3rd G4 Alliance Permanent Council Meeting convened over 50 members, observers, and partners and brought in a number of speakers from the global health community. Thank you for joining us for discussion, networking, and advocacy. We are grateful for the support of our member organizations and the work they do to bring safe surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anaesthesia care to the world's 5 billion neglected surgical patients!

Together, we are working towards our collective target of:
Safe Surgical and Anaesthesia Care for 80% of the World by 2030!


Meeting Materials

PC Meeting Slide Deck

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G4 Meeting Highlights

Meeting Overview
The 3rd Permanent Council (PC) Meeting featured updates from our PC Officers, Board of Directors, Secretariat and Working Groups.  We also engaged in interactive sessions to better refine our plan of work and chart out a course of action to support our collective target of 80% by 2030 and our goal of increasing access to safe, timely and affordable surgical, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia care for all those in need. 



Member networking represented a special focus of this PC Meeting. Participants had the opportunity to engage in a "speed-dating" exercise to get to know their fellow G4 members and foster further partnerships. Feedback was also collected from members to define thematic breakout groups, which met over lunch to share ideas and network. On day 2, members shared specific examples of how engagement with G4 has been valuable in fostering collaboration with fellow members, supporting new partnerships, and improving the effectiveness and impact of their organizations. 


The G4 Alliance strives to leverage the strengths of our network to support member collaboration. The G4 team and our Working Groups will continue working to identify strategies to best support member engagement and networking. Some examples of ongoing work include our Member Mapping project and online advocacy resources.  We would welcome your comments and suggestions to support member networking and meaningful collaboration!

Guest Speakers

This year, we were pleased to welcome a diverse lineup of exceptional speakers. Special guest speakers shared their knowledge and expertise in areas including global surgery, health workforce, effective advocacy strategies, fundraising,  policymaker engagement, and gender equality.

Ambassador Dr. Neil Parsan, Dr. Roopa Dhatt, Mr. Saul Billingsley and Ms. Carla Eckhardt

Ambassador Dr. Neil Parsan, Dr. Roopa Dhatt, Mr. Saul Billingsley and Ms. Carla Eckhardt

Day 1 Speakers

Effective Global Health Advocacy


This panel featured experts who discussed their experiences leading successful advocacy movements to promote gender parity at all levels of global health leadership, and to incorporate road safety as part of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

Dr. Roopa Dhatt
Executive Director & Co-Founder,
Women in Global Health

Mr. Saul Billingsley
Executive Director, FIA Foundation

Moderator: Ms. Carla Eckhardt (ACOG) 


Day 2 Speakers
The second day of our PC Meeting featured a number of speakers who shared their perspectives and advice with G4 members. Sessions were structured as interactive discussions to maximize dynamic engagement. 

Mr. Jim Campbell shares perspectives from the WHO Health Workforce Department

Mr. Jim Campbell shares perspectives from the WHO Health Workforce Department

Ms. Ellen Agler addresses the G4 Permanent Council. 

Ms. Ellen Agler addresses the G4 Permanent Council. 

Perspectives from the Global Health Workforce Community

Mr. Jim Campbell
Executive Director, Global Health Workforce Alliance & Director, Health Workforce Department, WHO

Mr. Vince Blaser
Director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Policy Engagement & Resource Mobilization
Ms. Ellen Agler
CEO, The End Fund

Dr. Walter Johnson provides an update from the WHO Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Programme

Dr. Walter Johnson provides an update from the WHO Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Programme

WHO Updates and Recommendations
Dr. Walter Johnson
Emergency & Essential Surgical Care Programme Lead, Department of Service Delivery and Safety Department, WHO

Our thanks to Dr. David Ljungman who joined us to share an update regarding next steps to advance our joint Statement on the Collection of Surgical and Anesthesia Statistics. This publication was authored by the German Global Surgery Association & Harvard PGGSC, and published by the G4 Alliance. Over 120 global organizations endorsed this statement, which was launched during the 49th UN Statistical Commission in March 2018. 


We would like to thank all members who took the floor to facilitate sessions, share feedback and provide updates. 


Interactive Planning Sessions & Expert Working Groups

Interactive planning sessions were facilitated by Sara Anderson (ReSurge International) to help us review our strategic plan and identify highest-value activities to be supported by our network. Member recommendations will be integrated into the secretariat's work plan and will be reflected in future activities. 

G4 expert working groups were also reviewed and reorganized to maximize efficiency and member engagement. Current groups include:

  • Advocacy 
  • Data Platforms (Member Mapping & Perioperative Case Log Data)
  • Membership
  • Advocacy for Improving Surgical Capacity
  • PC Meeting Planning


G4 PC Meeting Photos

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Thanks to all members who joined us for our 3rd PC Meeting in person or remotely. Your continued participation and engagement is essential to the success and impact fo the G4 Alliance!