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Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

An open process to promote surgery as a public health measure

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

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

We hope this newsletter finds you well. This month, we share news from the WHO and the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. We are also pleased to announce a new launch in South Africa in December.  Finally, don't forget to visit our new and improved website!


Lancet Commission participates in WHO Meeting for WHA Resolution 68.15
Representatives of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery were included amongst a number of organizations invited to WHO headquarters to discuss a roadmap for implementation of the World Health Assembly’s resolution on emergency and essential surgical care, 68.15. Dr. Walt Johnson, Emergency & Essential Surgical Care Programme Lead, chaired the session which explored issues related to global surgery financing, partnerships, data collection & sharing, essential medicines & narcotics, and training and credentialing. Lancet Commissioners Dr. David Watters and Dr. Russell Gruen, and member of the core writing team, Dr. Nakul Raykar, participated in the meeting.


Global Surgery at the American College of Surgeons

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was prominently featured at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2015.  The opening address of the largest annual gathering of surgeons in North America was delivered by Lancet Commissioner Dr. Paul Farmer, after an introduction from Lancet Commission co-chair, Dr. John Meara.


Later that day, Dr. Meara hosted a panel session dedicated to the findings of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. Interest was high in the session, so high in fact that individuals had to be turned away as the 200-seat auditorium was packed to capacity.  The panel consisted of Lancet Commissioners Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Sarah Greenberg; Lancet Bellagio Commissioners Dr. Stephen Bickler, Dr. Nakul Raykar, and Dr. Fizan Abdullah; Dr. Walt Johnson, the lead for the World Health Organization’s unit on Essential and Emergency Surgical Care; and Dr. Robert Riviello, from Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Human Resources for Health Program, Rwanda. The full session can be streamed here. 


If you are interested in learning more, please visit our website at www.lancetglobalsurgery.orgor read our report: Global Surgery 2030.

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Launches our new website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Website.  The new website features a wealth of information including our Global Surgery 2030 report, policy briefs, important videos, and case studies.  Our website is available in English, Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Visit us today:


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Save the dates: Upcoming Launches

South African Launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

December 7-8, 2015

Wits Faculty of Health Sciences, Johannesburg

The South African Launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery will be featured at the National Forum on Global Surgery.  This event will be hosted by the Department of Surgery Wits, the Association of Surgeons of South Africa, and the School of Public Health.  This forum is meant to engage providers and other stakeholders in the movement to integrate surgery into the Primary Health Care Model.  There will be breakaway sessions and plenaries with plans to develop a common strategy for Global Surgery in South Africa.


Additional Launches

If your organization is interested in featuring our report, we would love to be involved. Please send us an email at    

Visit our Lancet website, which contains information about the Commission, as well as recent articles and podcasts. We are also still available on as well as Twitter and Facebook.

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