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Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

An open process to promote surgery as a public health measure

Welcome to the July 2015 newsletter of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 
Greetings and welcome to the July Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Newsletter! This month's newsletter provides a quick, yet comprehensive update on our work to collect data on The Commission's six core indicators and information regarding future launches. Thank you and happy reading!
Including Surgical Indicators in the World Bank's World Development Indicator (WDI) List
Following the inaugural launches of The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery's report, the momentum behind the movement for safe and affordable surgical and anesthesia care for all continues to grow. In June, our Commission representatives met with World Bank officials at the Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health summit in Washington, DC. The Commission team and the World Bank discussed the importance of including The Commission's core indicators within the World Development Indicator list.
To reach this milestone, we need to collect data for at least 50% of the World Bank's 215 countries for each indicator. Data that was generated during The Commission process has provided a strong foothold, putting us well on our way! On July 15, we began launching a global data coordination effort, reaching out to ministries of health around the world. Our hope is that this will help to ensure that the most up-to-date data is included in our presentation to The World Bank.
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
Indicators: a closer look using a single country study
As we progress in the implementation phase of The Commission, it is crucial that we continue to work closely with healthcare leaders and policy makers worldwide to effectively employ the key recommendations of the report. The Commission recommends that every country collect our 6 core indicators as a basic measurement of their national surgical system's strength and capacity. Impressive strides have been made already in modeling several of the indicators in many countries. To advance this further, a team of collaborators will now take a closer look in a few select countries through on-the-ground data collection to accrue more granular data than what a model can provide. These single country studies (informally referred to as “deeper dives”) will allow us to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the position of the surgical systems in these countries. In turn, this will help strengthen our global modeling and ultimately will provide collaborators with the vital information necessary to work with ministries of health in an effort to improve the strength and resiliency of their national surgical systems.  Our first single country studies will take place in Uganda, Zambia, and Cape Verde.  Stay tuned for more details! 
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If you are interested in conducting a single country study in your country please let us know!  We would love to collaborate! Please send us an email at
Upcoming Launches
The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery is excited to announce several more regional launches of the Global Surgery Commission report: Global Surgery 2030; evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development.  See below for dates and locations.
Stay tuned for more details about these launches, as well as future launches planned in Asia and Sub-Saharran Africa!

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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 for all and for disseminating the key findings of The Commission report at their regional meetings.  

Our thoughts continue to be with all of the patients and providers battling Ebola in West Africa.


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