8:00 AM08:00

WFSA SAFE-T Summit 2018

The first ever SAFE-T (Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody - Today) Summit aims to advance the global patient safety agenda. Bringing together leading providers from the perioperative team we will highlight the importance of working together to address the healthcare challenges identified by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. In partnership with related industry, governments and NGOs, this one day Summit will contribute to safer anaesthesia, surgical and obstetric care around the world.  

World-renowned experts will open sessions with theme-setting presentations. Facilitated group discussions will develop recommendations and identify practical ways forward. 


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to Apr 30

2018 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists invites you to Austin, TX, April 27-30, 2018, to explore recent and upcoming Medical and Surgical Innovations in Health Care. This annual gathering of leading women's health care experts will deliver the latest scientific information to benefit your patients and provide leadership in our changing industry.

The ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting is dedicated to keeping you on the cutting edge of scientific information and clinical best practice in obstetrics and gynecology. This is accomplished by providing critical programming in a variety of formats and topic areas to help you and your patients succeed. The Annual Meeting provides the largest selection of ob-gyn educational opportunities through conference programing and our exhibitor showcase.

To Register for the 2018 Annual Meeting, go here.

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8:30 AM08:30

Official Launch of the National, Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plan

The Ministry of Health Community, Development, Gender, Elderly and Children is pleased to announce the launch of the National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plan (NSOAP). This first ever NSOAP details a situational analysis of the current state of surgery, anaesthesia and obstetric care and lays of ambitious but attainable solutions for improving access and quality surgical, obstetric and anaesthetic care for the citizens of Tanzania by 2025. It is the result of well over a year of work and consultation with over 200 stakeholders across the country to truly reflect the priorities of those receiving, providing and managing care in Tanzania.  


The Launch will be a side event to the 65th ECSA Health Ministers Meeting and is scheduled for Monday the 19th of March 2018 from 16:30-19:30  at the Hyatt Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salaam.


16:30 – 16:50

Introduction and welcome address 


Official launch of the NSOAP


Presentation on content of Plan

17:20- 17:30

Q&A with Stakeholders

17:30- 19:30




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to Mar 18

9th Annual CUGH Conference 2018

Learn more about the conference HERE.


Speakers will include:

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO (invited)
  • Mary Bassett, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, USA
  • Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation, USA
  • Wim  de Villiers, Vice Chancellor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice Chancellor, University  of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Patty Garica, Fmr Minister of Health, Peru
  • Laurie Garrett, Journalist, Pulitzer Awardee, USA
  • Luis-Miguel Guitierrez, Director General , Instituto Nacional de Geriatria, Mexico
  • Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet, UK
  • Natalia Kanem, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund, USA
  • Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist, National Resources Defense Council, USA
  • Stephen Lewis, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World, Canada
  • Willy Mutunga, Fmr Supreme Court Justice, Kenya
  • Bernard Olayo, Founder, Center for Public Health and Development, Kenya
  • Agnes Soucat, Director, Health Systems Governance and Finance, WHO
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8:00 AM08:00

CUGH 2nd Global Surgery Satellite

Register Now: Click Here to Register for the Satellite Session 

Disparities in Global Surgery: Building Systems and Networks through Collaboration

Thursday March 15, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm
Room: Regent

New York Hilton Hotel - Midtown
New York, NY


  • Paid registration is required.
    - $75 | Student, Trainee, Low Income Country Participant
    - $150 | All Others (Faculty, NGO, Member of the Public) 
  • Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.
  • CME Credit will be available for the session.



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2:30 PM14:30

Measuring to Manage: The Essential Role of Surgical Data Collection for Supporting SDG Targets

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Join us for the launch of a consensus statement calling on the UN Statistical Commission to prioritize the collection of surgical and anaesthesia indicators as part of the SDG agenda and an interactive session that will explore how the collection of surgical indicator data can close the global surgical gap, drive global progress, and make the vision of health for all a reality.

There is increasing acknowledgement of the linkages between 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 68.151 recognizing the importance of surgical and anaesthesia care as part of UHC, there has never been a more opportune time for representatives from the international, research and medical communities to come together to merge their efforts in support of the integration of surgical and anaesthesia care as part of the global health agenda. Surgical and anaesthesia services need to be adequately assessed for policymakers and practitioners to be able to better meet present and projected demands.

Yet while a wealth of data has accumulated globally over the past decades in the areas of health and health care, there remains a dearth of data related to surgical and anaesthesia care. This poses a challenge for policymakers in attempting to improve such services, as they cannot plan for what they cannot measure. At the global level, data are necessary to monitor progress towards UHC and the health-related SDGs.

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. 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.

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RSM Global Surgery Conference
8:00 AM08:00

RSM Global Surgery Conference

This one day meeting will provide an update on current collaborative practices that have led to substantial improvements in access to safe and high quality care throughout developing nations. It will describe opportunities for involvement in such initiatives, as well as exploring the growing interest and opportunities for quality research networks.

Book your place to hear experts such as noted consultant surgeon, Mr Andy Leather, give an inspirational lecture on strengthening the surgical care system. In addition to exploring the latest developments in these areas, delegates will also learn about the opportunities that exist to become involved in this rewarding and challenging area of surgical practice.

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to Mar 7

Challenges of Our Era Summit

Steering group of Surgery track of the Summit
the G4 Alliance, WFSA and Lifebox

Day One
How to successfully incite innovation that can be scaled-up. The Surgical Equity challenges will be introduced by:

Day Two
Workshops with the objective to further define which challenges the Surgical Equity Prize will focus on.

Amb. Parsan, the president of the Board of the G4 Alliance, will be leading the surgery session.

Introduction by:

  • Dr Emmanuel Makasa, a Zambian diplomat and surgeon that was involved in the Lancet Commissions on Surgery, followed by three short talks by

  • Dr Jana MacLeod, a Canadian surgeon and a consultant in General Surgery at Columbia Africa Medical Center in Nairobi

  • Dr Gautam Shetty, Indian consultant, orthopaedic surgeon and medical device innovator, Mullaji Knee Clinic & Arthritis R&D Limited

  • Dr Carolina Haylock-Loor, an anesthesiologist, intensive care physician and the President of the Honduran Society of Anesthesia, Reanimation and Pain Therapy.

After this, a series of questions will be examined in small groups of about 8-10 people. By the end of the day, we hope to have a number of Challenge Statements that can be further researched to create the Surgical Equity Prize.


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to Nov 17

The Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

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The Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health - Building the health workforce of the future - will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 13-17 November 2017. The Forum is intersectoral. It will welcome participation from a range of actors across education, health, labour/employment and finance sectors. It is the largest open conference on human resources for health related issues and is expected to gather over 1,000 delegates from across the globe.

The adoption of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 and the work of the UN High level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth - have made a bold economic case for investing in the health and social workforce and intensified intersectoral collaboration.

The Forum program will feature high-impact decision-makers, leaders, and investors representing all stakeholder groups to discuss and debate innovative approaches towards advancing the implementation of the Global Strategy and the Commission’s recommendations. High level plenaries, side sessions and skills building workshops with exhibition areas, poster presentations, and much more will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.

The Forum is convened by Trinity College, Dublin, Health Service Executive, Irish Aid, the Department of Health, Ireland, the World Health Organization and the Global Health Workforce Network. Co-sponsors include Member States and supporting organizations engaged in the work of the Global Health Workforce Network.

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