This is an exciting time to be a provider of surgical care in developing countries. In the last several years, the academic medical community and international bodies such as the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) have begun to study surgical care and promote it as a critical solution for improving health and economic growth in developing countries.
Since 2015, these endeavors have resulted in:
- An unanimously adopted WHA (World Heath Assembly) resolution identifying surgical care as a critical component of universal health coverage, which is a priority for the WHO and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
- The publication of several landmark reports that document the scope of the need for surgical care, its cost-effectiveness and efficacy in improving global health, and its role in promoting economic growth
- Agreement on a set of indicators to monitor universal access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care
- Development of international standards for safe surgical care
- Growing international consensus on the importance of strengthening health systems in developing countries (rather than focusing on the silos of eradication of specific diseases) as a way of bringing about lasting improvements in health
- Unified global advocacy to increase political will and mobilize resources by governments and international bodies to improve surgical care
With the momentum created by the medical and global health communities’ increased interest in safe surgical care, ReSurge’s mission is more relevant than ever. Our long and storied experience in providing high-quality surgical care in developing countries uniquely positions us to increase our impact through growth and expansion in alignment with the global surgery movement.
In this newsletter and those to be published in the following months, we will explore in more detail some of the exciting developments in the global surgery landscape and how we expect them to amplify our impact.