Measure the Need: Collecting Global Surgical and Anaesthesia Statistics
What is Measured Gets Treasured!
To bring surgical care to everyone who needs it, and save as many lives as we can, we must know more. We cannot save mothers if we do not know where and why they are dying. We cannot save children if we do not know what surgeries they need the most. We cannot supply safe surgery and anaesthesia for all unless we understand the gaps that exist and how to bridge them.
In response to the lack of surgical and anaesthesia data, a consortium of global experts have come together to prepare a consensus statement calling on the UN Statistical Commission to prioritize the collection of surgical and anaesthesia indicators as part of the SDG agenda. READ THE STATEMENT HERE. We are calling on the global surgery and anaesthesia community to support this statement. Sign up to add your organization's name as a supporter of this document which will be launched in parallel with the 49th Session of the UN Statistical Commission taking place in New York from March 6-9, 2018. Our goal is to get surgical and anaesthesia statistics added to the agenda for the 50th UN Statistical Commission in 2019. Thank you for helping us to make sure that surgical care is measured!
WHAT IS THE CALL TO ACTION?
We are calling upon the G4 Alliance's network and global surgery stakeholders to join us in calling for the collection of surgical and anaesthesia indicators in countries around the globe.
Signatories Commit to:
- Support the establishment of a working group of experts on global surgery and anaesthesia statistics, with participants drawn from national statistical authorities, line ministers, health facilities, health service providers, professional societies, national and international NGOs, academia and international organizations and the research community.
- Organize a first meeting among the working group of experts on global surgery and anaesthesia statistics in 2018.
- Draft preliminary recommendations on global surgery and anaesthesia statistics as well as a global surgery statistics compiler manual (both tentatively set for issuance in 2019).
- Present draft recommendations and compiler manual to the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2019.
Special thanks to the German Global Surgery Alliance, the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School for developing this document and to all those organizations and individuals that have contributed their expertise.
UN Campaigns & Statements
Surgery in the Spotlight at 72nd UNGA (September 2017)
- Statement Delivered by G4 Alliance during the UN High Level Political Forum (July 23, 2015)