Tag Archive for ‘global health care assessment’

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – November 2019

This column focuses on lessoned learned from ACS delegation visits to Cuba, Israel, and Kosovo, and identifies the goals of the upcoming delegation trip to Morocco in March 2020.

Latin America

Improving global emergency and essential surgical care in Latin America and the Caribbean: A collaborative approach

Regional collaborative partnerships—focused on enhancing access to surgical care in Latin America and Caribbean countries—are described.

ACS delegation visits Israel

ACS delegation visits Israel

An ACS delegation to Israel describes the challenges facing the country’s health care system as well its innovative approaches to providing care in times of conflict.

A surgical team performing a mastectomy in the new UHM OR

Scaling-up surgical care in rural Haiti

Partners in Health and Zanmi Lasante’s efforts to enhance surgical services in central Haiti are outlined.


Cross-cutting health: Global surgery, obstetrics, anesthesia, and the World Health Organization

This article describes the pivotal events in 2015 that established the need for access to surgical and anesthesia care around the world and identifies the five WHA 68.15 areas of focus aimed at providing this care.


Countries and colleges collaborate to improve access in Oceania and Southeast Asia

The Asia-Pacific response to the WHA Resolution 68.15 is outlined, specifically collaborative programs intended to enhance access to surgical and anesthetic care.


The Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the U.K. and Ireland: A common vision for global surgery

Identifies the efforts of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the U.K. and Ireland to address disparities in surgical care in low- and middle-income countries, as well as the benefits of collaborating with COSECSA in training and retaining local surgeons.


COSECSA collaborates to address surgical shortages in sub-Saharan Africa

The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa’s plans to address surgical workforce issues in sub-Saharan Africa are outlined, including its goal to graduate 500 surgeons by 2020.


WFSA describes its vision for implementation of WHA 68.15

Describes the goals of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologist  to support access to safe surgical and anesthetia care, particularly as they relate to four program areas: advocacy, training, safety, and research.


Obstetrics and gynecology in global health: Lessons learned for advancing public health to achieve universal health care

Models for building academic and professional association partnerships to improve surgical and obstetrical care are described as are NSOAP’s five domains for improving access to quality care, specifically as they relate to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality.


West African College of Surgeons and its role in global surgery

The West African College of Surgeons diplomate programs and their role in curbing workforce shortages in West Africa are described, as are the organization’s strategies for implementing WHA resolutions.

Scenes from the Cuba visit: Universidad Ciencias Médicas de La Habana

ACS leaders visit Cuba, discover opportunities for collaboration

Members of the ACS delegation that traveled to Cuba last spring outline the strengths and challenges of the country’s health care system.

Latin America

Nursing workforce in surgery and trauma care delivery: A global call to action

This article describes how expanding the nursing workforce can improve trauma care in Latin America.

Latin America

Acute care surgery’s role in expanding the surgical workforce in Latin America

The link between LCoGS indicator 2 and acute care surgery education and training are outlined as is acute care surgery’s role in responding to World Health Assembly resolution 68.15.

Adapted from The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery—Global Surgery 2030: Evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development, by Nobhojit Roy, March 2016. Available at: ghd-dubai.hms.harvard.edu.

Latin America Indicator Research Coalition examines prehospital care using a trauma systems application of LCoGS indicator 1

This article describes how the Latin America Indicator Research Coalition is improving trauma care in Colombia, specifically by examining the link between LCoGS Indicator 1 and prehospital care.

Implementing World Health Assembly Resolution 68.15: National surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia strategic plan development—the Zambian experience

This article describes the application of World Health Assembly Resolution 68.15 to provide improved access to surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care in Zambia.

Unique Challenges in Latin America: Left: In Anamã, Amazonas, Brazil, the hospital doors are removed from their frames and labeled in preparation for annual flooding Right: Water levels in Careiro da Várzea; Photos by Dr. José Emerson dos Santos Souza, as part of a systematic assessment of the surgical capacity in the state of Amazonas, Brazil

Health care leaders develop strategies for improving access to surgical care in Latin America

The efforts of a multiregional Latin America symposium, which seeks to implement recommendations from The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, are described, including strategies for improving access to affordable surgical care.

Latin America

Using global surgical indicators to improve trauma care in Latin America

This article describes how Latin American trauma program development may be improved by LCoGS indicator measurement and summarizes strategies for data collection and analysis to enhance global surgical care.

The Millennium Development Goals

Progress in achieving universal access to surgical care: An update and a path forward

This article summarizes recent efforts by the ACS, the World Bank, and The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery to improve global access to surgical care.

Dr. Haile Debas examines future of global surgery in JAMA

Haile T. Debas, MD, FACS, examines the need for an integrated response in the U.S. to global surgery in an article published in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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