Inaugural Launches: London and Boston

London Launch
On April 27th, The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery will launch the full commission report.  This will be a two-day event at The Royal Society of Medicine.  It is hosted in conjunction with The Royal Society of Medicine and The Royal College of Surgeons of England's meeting on "Global Surgery, Anaesthesia, and Obstetrics; shifting paradigms and challenging generations" to be held the following day on April 28th.  Global surgery and anesthesia leaders from all over the world will be present for both days.  We anticipate a highly engaging discussion on the current state of surgical, anesthesia, and obstetric care around the world and what can be done to improve access to safe, affordable surgical care for all.  Sign up for Day 1 and Day 2 of the London Launch today - and spread the word about this exciting event!

Boston Launch
Shortly after the London Launch will be the Boston Launch hosted at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts on May 6th. Entitled "Global Surgery 2030: building a movement for sustainable, resilient health systems" this launch event will be a full day of keynote speeches and panels discussing the role of evidence, academics, donors, students, industry, and the press in creating solutions and progress in global surgery and anesthesia.  Registration for this event is now open - and we need you there!  Seats are limited, so sign up today and tell your friends and colleagues! We need your help to spread the word about this event!

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Regardless of whether you can make it to the launches or are able to follow us on social media, we want to thank all of you for your tireless contributions to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery process and to the fields of surgery, anesthesia, and public health.  We would not be where we are today without your help.  Thank you!

Lancet Global Surgery Commissioners Edna Ismail and Shenaaz El-Halabi; Photo courtesy of

Global Surgery Teaching Cases to be Launched at Babson College

On May 7th, 3 new teaching cases derived by Babson College for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery will be initiated at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.  These teaching cases, in the style of traditional "business school cases", offer an in-depth examination of unique innovations, collaborations, and health systems that allow "students" to learn from others' experiences in the field.  In many ways they take the field to the classroom and the pupils to the field. These teaching cases were created in conjunction with 10 other teaching cases, developed through collaborations with The Global Health Delivery Project, Harvard Business School, University of Virginia Darden Business School, Melbourne Business School, and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, will add an enduring educational component to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. Stay tuned for more information regarding this exciting day.

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Upcoming Global Surgery Events and News

CUGH and DCP-3
On March 26th, the Essential Surgery volume of Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition (DCP3) will be launched at the 6th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) ConferenceThe three-day meeting will convene in Boston, Massachusetts and cover a wide breadth of global health topics ranging from quality and safety to disaster preparedness and human rights.  Congratulations to both CUGH and DCP-3 for these tremendous accomplishments!

Accompanying Papers to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery
At the end of April, a body of accompanying papers to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery will be published in a number of prominent journals.  Stay tuned to hear more about the important research that helped support the Commission report!

Global Surgery Loses a Leader, Advocate, and Friend

On March 2, 2015, Dr. Edgar Rodas, surrounded by friends and loved ones, passed away. As one of our 25 commissioners, Dr. Rodas, MD FACS, has been a tremendous contributor to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. However, his legacy in global surgery, medical education, and healthcare in Ecuador began long before The Commission and will persist well into the future.

Following his work as a productive general surgeon and The Minister of Health in Ecuador, Dr. Rodas turned his attention to delivering surgical care to the "unreachable".  In 1990 he founded Cinterandes, a non-for-profit organization that provides quality surgery in a mobile truck to individuals in some of the most remote areas of Ecuador.  A passionate advocate for access to surgical care, Dr. Rodas and his team have brought thousands of procedures to the people of Ecuador. Inspired by what currently does not exist and what potentially could be changed, Dr. Rodas was also a committed educator, serving as a Professor of Surgery of the University of Cuenca, Medical School, Vice rector of the University of Cuenca, Dean and Founder of the University of Azuay, Medical School, President of the Ecuadorian Surgical Society, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a lecturer in the course of Global Humanitarian Medicine at Stanford University.

He is survived by his loving family and the many patients' lives, past and future, that his work will continue to affect.

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