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Welcome to the March 2016 newsletter of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy Spring!  The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery has exciting updates regarding two international global surgery events that were held at the start of the month.  First, we take a look at the global surgery symposium in Dubai.  Next, we describe what took place at the Indian National Surgical Forum in New Delhi.  We close this month's newsletter with a summary of this month's global implementation call and information on when to expect the next one.

Dubai Symposium

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On March 7th and 8th, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS) partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to host Global Surgery: Towards Equitable Surgical Systems.  This symposium, held at the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery - Dubai, brought together global health experts and stakeholders from around the world to discuss strategies for improving surgical capacity in remote areas.  Topics examined include the development and implementation of National Surgical Plans in both Madagascar and Zambia, innovation and transparency in health system financing, and the role of academics in global surgery.   Members of the Commission were fortunate to be joined by numerous global surgery partners and colleagues, highlighting the endurance of the collaborative momentum set forth since the Commission’s launch 11 months ago.  We look forward to the progress which will come from this event, starting with the Zambian National Surgical Planning committee meeting that was held March 16th.

From Left to Right: Dr. Nakul Raykar and Dr. John Meara (LCoGS), Dr. Walt Johnson (WHO), Dr. Swagoto Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Yihan Lin, and Dr. Saurabh Saluja (LCoGS)
From Left to Right: Dr. Nakul Raykar and Dr. John Meara (LCoGS), Dr. Walt Johnson (WHO), Dr. Swagoto Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Yihan Lin, and Dr. Saurabh Saluja (LCoGS)

 

The Madagascar Minister of Health and his delegation discuss what national surgical planning would entail in Madagascar.
The Madagascar Minister of Health and his delegation discuss what national surgical planning would entail in Madagascar.

 

If you are interested in learning more about global surgery collaboration, please email lancetglobalsurgery@gmail.com and ask to join our global implementation calls.


Indian National Surgical Forum
From Left to Right: Dr. John Meara, Dr. Nakul Raykar, Rachita Sood, Benjamin Massenburg, Dr. Nobhojit Roy, Dr. Salim Afshar, Dr. Yihan Lin, Dr. Swagoto Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Saurabh Saluja
From Left to Right: Dr. John Meara, Dr. Nakul Raykar, Rachita Sood, Benjamin Massenburg, Dr. Nobhojit Roy, Dr. Salim Afshar, Dr. Yihan Lin, Dr. Swagoto Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Saurabh Saluja

 

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and the World Health Organization hosted the Indian National Surgical Forum in New Delhi on March 11th.  Present at the meeting were a range of individuals from various sectors of the global surgery community who gathered to discuss the next steps to improve access and quality of surgical care in India.  This meeting was convened three months after the release of the Karad Consensus Statement, which outlined tangible ways to improve the state of surgery in low-resource settings throughout India.  Key highlights from the event include remarks given by Dr. Nobhojit Roy, calling for a common vision in surgery and a health systems approach to resolving the disparities which still persist, as well as opening remarks by Dr. Walt Johnson and Dr. John Meara.  The breakout focus sessions, which provided the opportunity for in-depth topical discussion among cross-sectoral parties, were another high point of the meeting. Positive responses from the global surgery community both in-person and online indicates the event was a great success, and we anticipate that instrumental changes are around the corner.

Members of the Indian workforce panel discuss the challenges presented in the Karad Consensus Statement.
Members of the Indian workforce panel discuss the challenges presented in the Karad Consensus Statement.

 

Individuals in the Industry and Private Hospitals breakout group deliberate on the commitments they will make to resolve the issues presented in the morning panel discussion.
Individuals in the Industry and Private Hospitals breakout group deliberate on the commitments they will make to resolve the issues presented in the morning panel discussion.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the national surgical planning process, please visit the National Surgical Plans page on our website. 


Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Global Implementation Call

Colleagues in global surgery shared news of their continuing developments at our monthly implementation call on March 3rd.  This month, we heard from Mr. Ewen Harrison and Mr. Aneel Bhangu of GlobalSurg regarding their current and future plans for large-scale, global, collaborative, randomized control trials, a significant undertaking that introduces disruptive innovation in the global surgery research space.  Callers also heard from Dr. Swagoto Mukhopadhyay about the Zambian national surgical planning process, which officially commenced on March 16th, and got a small preview of events for the Indian National Surgical Forum, which took place on March 11th. Since the last call, in addition to the aforementioned, the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai hosted its first Surgical Equity Symposium, including partners and key stakeholders involved in each of the Commission’s national surgical planning processes. Updates about this and more on the the next Global Implementation Call on Thursday, April 7th 2016 at 10:30 AM EST.

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Anyone who is a part of or interested in the work of the Commission is welcome to join these calls and encouraged to contact us at lancetglobalsurgery@gmail.com.

If you would like to join our implementation calls, please email lancetglobalsurgery@gmail.com. 


Visit our Lancet website, which contains information about the Commission, as well as recent articles and podcasts. We are also still available on globalsurgery.info as well as Twitter and Facebook.

 

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