Tuesday December 12, 2017, 12:30 - 14:30
Tokyo Prince Hotel
3 Chome-3-1 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo 105-8560
Takasago Room - 11th Floor
Every 2 seconds, a person dies due to a condition that could be treated or managed with safe surgical care. Surgical care is essential to conquering some of the world's most urgent health challenges: fistula, road trauma injuries, NCDs, cancer, congenital conditions, and burns.
Around the world, however, billions of people lack access to safe and affordable surgical and anaesthesia care. This contributes to over 17 million deaths each year, the majority of which occurs in the most impoverished countries. Yet safe and effective surgical care is an incredibly cost-effective health intervention: the provision of surgical care at the district level has been shown to contribute to a 10-fold increase in economic productivity, contributing to both the health and well-being of families and communities.
We thank you for joining us for an engaging discussion that featured a multi-disciplinary panel that explored the essential role of surgical care as part of UHC. Speakers shared their first-hand experience working to develop national strategies that integrate surgical care as a cost-effective and life-saving strategy to support robust health systems. Our panelists explored the cross-cutting nature of safe surgical care which is integral for maternal and newborn health, emergency preparedness and response including trauma care, and the treatment and management of non-communicable diseases, as well as congenital issues. The discussion highlighted innovative financing strategies to integrate safe, affordable surgical care as part of strengthened health systems to ensure health for all. This session also featured a lively question-and-answer segment! Thank you again for joining us and engaging in a discussion about the future of global surgery and universal health coverage!
This official UHC Forum side event was hosted by the World Health Organization, and the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe, in partnership with the G4 Alliance and the Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, and with generous support from Johnson & Johnson.