Working Towards Safe Surgery for all: Updates from SADC Member States
Report from the G4-Supported Technical Consultant for WHO
In 2018, G4 Alliance members pledged a portion of membership dues to support a WHO technical consultant, Dr. Emmanuel Makasa, in his work supporting the implementation of WHA Resolution 68.15 in the African region. Dr. Makasa, a leader in the passage of historic Resolution 68.15, continues to champion global surgery on the regional, national, and international level.
Detailed below are updates on NSOAP commitments and initiations from Zimbabwe, the SADC countries, and Namibia. Dr. Makasa’s report was presented at the December G4 Alliance Permanent Council Meeting in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the headquarters of Operation Smile.
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Zimbabwe: NSOAP Planning Process
On August 28, 2018, the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare of Zimbabwe, in collaboration with the Surgical Society of Zimbabwe (SSZ) and WHO, hosted a full day multi-stakeholder workshop at the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe to discuss the development of an NSOAP (National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plan).
16 Countries United in Commitment to Safe Surgery and Anaesthesia
SADC-SOA Network of Focal Points Workshop
On 1st Nov, 2018, The Ministry of Health & Social Services of the Republic of Namibia, in collaboration with the Surgical Society of Namibia & the Anaesthesia Society of Namibia, hosted a workshop for the SADC-SOA Network of Focal Points in Namibia.
This workshop was hosted to prepare for the SADC Senior Ministry of Health officials meeting and SADC Health Ministers Conference.
Namibia: NSOAP Planning Process
The Ministry of Health & Social Services of the Republic of Namibia in collaboration with the Surgical Society of Namibia & the Anaesthesia Society of Namibia, hosted a one-day workshop for SOA Stakeholders in Namibia at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia.
CALL TO ACTION!
Prioritizing Surgery & Anaesthesia Care as Part of Primary Health Care
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the historic Alma-Ata Declaration, the first international declaration underlining the importance of primary health care and health for all. Global surgery and anaesthesia were not included in this initial declaration, despite the urgent need for these interventions within primary care.
The world is uniting again to renew a commitment to strengthen primary health care as part of universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. A new Declaration on Primary Health Care is currently being drafted and will be published in October 2018 during the Second International Conference on Primary Health Care.
We need your input!
Many of you joined us in submitting recommendations for the first round of input on the draft declaration. The second draft of this document has been released; surgery and anaesthesia care are not yet included. Comments on the second draft will be accepted until Sunday July 22nd at midnight CEST / 6pm EDT HERE
1. SUBMIT YOUR INPUT ON THE DRAFT DOCUMENT
Find more information and our proposed language here.
Submit your input here
2. SHARE THIS CALL TO ACTION WITH YOUR NETWORK AND COUNTRY CONTACTS
3. CONTACT US WITH ANY FEEDBACK
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call to Action!
Prioritizing Surgical & Anaesthesia Care as part of WHO's 5-Year Programme of Work!
On January 22–27th the WHO Executive Board met in Geneva to review the WHO's plan of work for the next 5 years. The Draft Thirteenth General Programme of Work (2019-2023) represents a guiding document that will determine the priorities and scope of work of WHO for years to come. The G4 Alliance worked with our members to ensure that surgical care was included as part of this plan, as detailed in WHA Resolution 68.15.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Read more about the campaign we launched to support integration of surgical care as part of the WHO's General Programme of Work:
HOW CAN YOU TAKE ACTION?
1. SHARE THIS LETTER BROADLY
We have submitted a letter of support to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros on behalf of the G4 Alliance network calling for explicit inclusion of “safe and effective surgical, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia care" as part of the WHO's General Programme of Work (2019-2023). We also urged the WHO to prioritize the collection of surgical indicators as outlined in 2015 revision of the WHO Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators.
Share the letter on social media to show your support.
2. APPEAL TO YOUR COUNTRY CONTACTS!
Help call upon Member States by reaching out to your country contacts and calling upon their Delegations in Geneva to appeal for more robust representation of surgical and anaesthesia care in the WHO's Programme of Work.
Your support and advocacy is critical! In the original draft of the WHO Programme of Work circulated in November 2017, surgical care was NOT included. However, thanks to the collective advocacy of our network and surgical care champions, the latest version includes a mention of "safe and effective surgery" as an essential component of primary health coverage.
SAMPLE LETTER HERE