Lancet Global Surgery Commission Launch


Monday 27 April 2015

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Global Health, The Lancet



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Millions of people lack access to timely, affordable, surgical care, but until recently, surgery has been a neglected area in most global heath discussions.

In January, 2014, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery convened a team of academics, clinicians, economists, and people who work in government, multilateral governmental organisations, and non-governmental organisations to discuss how to ensure that from 2015 onwards surgery is no longer neglected. This meeting will present and debate the results of these discussions.

New estimates of the numbers of people who lack access to surgery and the effects of this on individuals and economies will be presented. In addition the meeting will outline how investment in surgical services can benefit countries’ economies and result in health system’s strengthening and be crucial for universal health coverage, and how to achieve an improvement in access to surgical services by looking at four essential areas; health systems, workforce, data management, and finance.

We welcome your voice in this discussion.

If you are interested in improving Global Surgery, please join us for the Lancet launch and the day 2 conference organised by the Royal Society of Medicine and Royal College of Surgeons of England.

View the programme for day 2 of the conference 'Global surgery, anaesthesia, and obstetrics' here.





Registration and coffee

Session 1



B Sethia, President, Royal Society of Medicine



Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet, London, UK


Global Surgery – facing the facts

Andy Leather, King's Centre for Global Health, King's Health Partners and King's College London, UK

Session 2

Chair: Justine Davies


Health systems strengthening and surgery

Nobhojit Roy, Chief of Surgery and Public Health Specialist, BARC Hospital (Govt of India), Mumbai, India.


Panel discussion

Panelists: Lola Dare, David Watters, Ed Kelley and Mit Philips


Coffee/tea break

Session 3

Chair: Lars Hagander


Human resources for global surgery

Emmanuel Ameh, Professor of Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria.


Panel discussion

Panelists: Martin Smith, Pankaj Jani, Wayne Morriss and Meena Cherian


Sum up of morning’s discussion

Atul Gawande, Chairman, Lifebox Foundation, Ariadne Labs: A Joint Center at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA



Optional Lunch time Seminar (12:50)- Commission Modeling Seminar and Q&A with Thomas Weiser, Mark Shrime, Blake Alkire, Nakul Raykar, Steve Bickler, Stephane Verguet and John Rose

Session 4

Chair: John Meara


Financial implications for global surgery

Gavin Yamey, Lead of The Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco, USA.


Panel discussion

Panelists: David Evans, Haile Debas, David Nicholson and Melanie Walker

Session 5

Chair: Andy Leather


Information management and global surgery metrics

Russell Gruen, Professor of Surgery and Public Health, Monash University, Australia.


Panel discussion

Panelists: Srinath Reddy, Steve Bickler, Emmanuel Makasa and Kelly McQueen


Coffee/tea break

Session 6

Chair: Chris Lavy


From Commission to action: taking the results of the Commission forward

Atul Gawande, Chairman, Lifebox Foundation, Ariadne Labs: A Joint Center at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA.


Panel discussion

Panelists: Jaymie Henry, David Barash, Chris Whitty, Julian Gore-Booth and Robert Lane


Sum-up and concluding remarks

John Meara, Director of Global Surgery and Social Change Program, Harvard, Boston, USA


Close of meeting

Drinks reception

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