Everyone deserves access to surgical care

Everyone deserves access to surgical care

5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, timely and affordable surgery. We're on a mission to change this. 

Surgery is essential to Universal Health Coverage

Surgery is essential to Universal Health Coverage

Investing in surgical care is investing in strong and resilient healthcare systems. 

No more deaths due to surgically treatable conditions

No more deaths due to surgically treatable conditions

Investment in surgical care could avert 17 million deaths each year.

Together we can achieve #Surgery4All

Increase funding to surgery

The recent Covid-19 pandemic has exposed weak health systems worldwide. The global health community must prioritise investing in health system strengthening, starting with surgery.  

It is well documented that surgery is essential to achieving Universal Health Coverage and health-related SDGs, yet it's under-funded and often overlooked. Investing in surgical care could avert 17 million deaths — a number six times greater than the annual number of deaths from HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

We will campaign governments, private donors and organisations to divert funding from vertical interventions to surgical care, and therefore health systems strengthening, worldwide.

Support the training of a surgical care workers

A strong workforce is essential to building independent and sustainable healthcare systems, yet a shortage of 18 million healthcare workers is estimated worldwide by 2030.

For decades, global health organisations have focussed on mission work, which has developed aid dependency and resulted in little investment for increasing local surgical workforces. 

Low- and middle-income countries have only 19% of the global surgical workforce yet see 80% per cent of worldwide deaths from noncommunicable diseases. 

We will campaign to increase funding to train and employ local surgical workforces, so that they can care for their own communities. 

Work with local governments to develop national surgical care plans

National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plans (NSOAPs) are essential to creating roadmaps detailing how surgical care could be improved in individual countries. 

We will work with surgical care providers, governments, partners and patients to embed NSOAPs within a country's government’s broader plans to create stronger health systems. 

We will also advocate for more funding to the development and implementation of NSOAPs. 

Create a platform for local voices to be amplified

For years, donors have hijacked global health governance leaving the recipients unable to dictate their own priorities, needs and policies. Their voices haven't been heard and their needs have been ignored. 

We will work with local experts, policy makers, governments and civil society organisations to ensure that people on the ground have their voices heard, with a special focus on youth and grassroots organisations. 

Monitor and analyse health funding and contributions to LMICs

We will continuously monitor development assistance for health (DAH) to ensure funding is diverted to surgery and health systems strengthening (using the WHO building blocks health system framework).

We will analyse the data to promote, influence, and advocate for the role surgical care plays in achieving Universal Health Coverage. 

Their voices matter

It's time to listen to experts. To younger generations. To governments. To patients.

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Prof. Emmanuel Makasa, global surgery advocate

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Akende Simamuna, Zambian Youth Platform

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Dr. Bruce Bvulani, Paediatric Surgeon

Explore the problem

The problem: Lack of access to surgery
The problem: Lack of access to surgery

5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable and timely surgical care.

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Global health funding is broken
Global health funding is broken

Donors must divert funds to health system strengthening, and away from vertical interventions.

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Why surgery is the solution to Universal Health Coverage
Why surgery is the solution to Universal Health Coverage

Investment in surgical care will have the biggest impact in achieving Health for All.

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News and blogs

Access to surgery: building strong and resilient health systems
Access to surgery: building strong and resilient health systems

There is no universal health coverage without access to safe and affordable surgery.

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World Health Assembly: Why were surgery and anaesthesia neglected?
World Health Assembly: Why were surgery and anaesthesia neglected?

Despite progress to recognise surgical care as essential to UHC, surgery has a long way to go

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Why are we letting so many children die?
Why are we letting so many children die?

Children are the future in any country, but they are dying from diseases we know how to treat surgically. It's time this changes.

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