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Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

An open process to promote surgery as a public health measure

Welcome to the September newsletter of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

Dear All,

The Commission has had a very busy end of Summer, to say the least.  Following the second structured Commission meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone in June, there have been several regional meetings.  As mentioned in last month's newsletter, in July, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was presented at the 40th Annual Colombian Surgical Association Conference in Cartagena, Colombia.  On August 19, Commissioner Nivaldo Alonso, hosted a very impressive Latin American Regional Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), highlighting the broad scope of surgical care, training and educational disparities throughout Latin America.  During the same week in August, co-chair, Lars Hagander attended the Swedish Annual Surgical Conference, in which the Commission was presented. On September 4, co-chair, Andy Leather, is attending the Sub-Saharan Surgery Summit, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A very special and well-deserved thank you to our writing team and all of our collaborators as they continue to piece together the 25,000 word document; this has been an extremely rigorous process, and would not have been possible without everyone's dedication, input, and determination. 

Many thanks, as well, to all of our interns, comprised primarily of medical and graduate students from all over the world, who have logged many hours reading, researching, and presenting material and data on and for the Commission.  The effort that everyone has put forth has garnered a tremendous and impressive output that continues to fuel the progress of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

Updates Regarding Commission Meetings, Regional Meetings and Side Events


The Commission's third and final structured meeting will take place in Dubai, November 11-13.  There will be a Regional Event taking place on Thursday, November 13, providing a great opportunity for discussion between the Ministries of Health in the Gulf region and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. 

Additional upcoming meetings:

San Francisco:

On 26-30 October, the Clinical Congress 2014, Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA is taking place. Click here for more information.

Stay tuned for information regarding the Commission's Implementation Meeting at the The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy, February 2015, as well as the proceeding LCoGS launches.
Our thoughts are with all of the patients and healthcare workers battling Ebola in West Africa right now.  Please help by submitting donations to King's Sierra Leone Partnership Ebola Response:

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