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Resources for National Surgical Systems Strengthening

The following are links to websites, publications, and other resources containing useful information for global surgical advocacy.

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            G4 Alliance Consensus Indicators and Global Target

            In 2017, The G4 Alliance and our member network published 15 recommended surgical and                        anaesthesia care indicators. In parallel, the G4 Alliance announced our global target of access  to       safe surgery and anaesthesia care for 80% of the world by 2030. 

"There is increasing acknowledgement of the linkages among universal access to surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care, global health and sustainable development. Within the context of the 2030 agenda with its seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the aspiration for universal health coverage (UHC) and the 2015 World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution 68.15, recognizing the importance of surgical care and anaesthesia as part of UHC,1 there has never been a more opportune time for the international community, members of the research community, and the medical communities to merge efforts to support the integration of surgical and anaesthesia care into the global health agenda..."

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Surgical Care Systems Strengthening: Developing National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plans

"Following the unanimous passage of WHA resolution 68.15 (2015), on strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage, implementation of surgical system strengthening was begun in several countries through a three-step process of baseline assessment, facility assessments and national surgical planning. This monograph outlines this process and highlights success stories and lessons learned through the case studies of 8 different countries over the past 2 years."

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Anaesthesia Facility Assessment Tool

"Based on the recently updated 2018 WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia the WFSA has developed the Anaesthesia Facility Assessment Tool (AFAT) in order to help regional and national anaesthesia and health care leadership to gather data about anaesthesia workforce, equipment, medicines and practice at the facility level."


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Data Collection: Recommended Surgical and Anaesthesia Care Indicators

"There is increasing acknowledgement of the linkages among universal access to surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care, global health and sustainable development. Within the context of the 2030 agenda with its seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the aspiration for universal health coverage (UHC) and the 2015 World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution 68.15, recognizing the importance of surgical care and anaesthesia as part of UHC,1 there has never been a more opportune time for the international community, members of the research community, and the medical communities to merge efforts to support the integration of surgical and anaesthesia care into the global health agenda..."

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Harvard: National Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthesia Planning Resources

"This is a national health plan specifically focused on surgical capacity and access in a country - something which has been traditionally not present in most national health plans. "

          

      

 

WHA Resolution A68/15: Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage

"Recognizing that each year more than 234 million surgical procedures are performed globally for a wide range of common conditions requiring surgical care, affecting all age groups – including obstructed labour, birth defects, cataracts, cancer, diabetes, acute abdominal conditions, burns and injuries from domestic, industrial and road accidents – and that conditions for which surgery is one of the primary clinical solutions are expected to become increasingly common in the coming years..."


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WHO Integrated Management for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (IMEESC) Toolkit

"This tool contains WHO recommendations for minimum standards to improve quality and safety of emergency, surgery, trauma, obstetrics and anaesthesia at first-referral level health-care facilities."