An open process to promote surgery as a public health measure

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery continues to partner with countries and Ministries across the globe to strive for safe, accessible, and affordable surgical and anesthesia care for all.  This month, we take a closer look at two of these countries: Niger and India.  We hope that these reports are of interest.  If you have any questions or would like to be more involved, please look for opportunities below.  Thank you and happy reading!

Collecting the Core Surgical Indicators

Last year, Dr. Jim Kim, president of the World Bank, stated that "surgery is an indivisible, indispensable part of health care."  As we continue to strive towards global equity in surgical care, we must first be able to understand the problem at hand.  Therefore, the Commission developed 6 core indicators which we feel are crucial to measure a national surgical system’s strength and capacity.

As our Commission moves forward, we are excited that countries are adopting the indicators as part of their national process.  In Niger, our contacts at the Ministry of Health have informed us that they are now including the indicators in the next study of the National Institute of Statistics.  Moving forward, this information will be provided systematically every year.  We congratulate Niger on their efforts, and look forward to seeing how these changes help to improve and develop their surgical systems.


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Save the dates

Since the inaugural launch of the Commission in April 2015, we have had several other launches around the world. The purpose of these meetings are to expand on discussion with local stakeholders and move towards implementing National Surgical Plans.  We are excited about our upcoming launch in India, and hope you will be able to join us.

India Launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

November 19, 2015

Karad, India


The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery is looking forward to hosting an India launch as part of a pre-conference event at the joint annual meeting of the Association of Rural Surgeons of India and the International Federation of Rural Surgery. On November 19th, in Karad, India, we will host a four-hour session in which we present the key findings of the Commission report followed by three panel discussions on topics relevant to India and rural surgery. A product of this launch will be a consensus statement signed by participants.

Given the enormous impact of rural surgery in a country of more than 1 billion people, we are thrilled host this impactful event. We invite all commissioners and members of the global surgery community to contact us if they are able to attend.

We have several other launches happening all over the globe.  Please click on the links below to learn more:

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World Development Indicators

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery continues our efforts to collect information on our 6 key indicators from every Ministry of Health in the world.  We are planning to provide this information to the World Bank, such that they can be included within the World Development Indicator (WDI) list. Many of you receiving this newsletter have responded and contributed to this massive effort, and we are extremely grateful for your help.  We are still working to reach out to more of our partners and colleagues.  If you have contacts in your country's Ministry of Health who may be able to help with this effort, we would love to hear from you! Please send us an email at

Thank you!

Thank you to all of our partners and collaborators who have joined us in the cause for increasing safe and affordable access to surgical care when needed.

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