Global Surgery: Drawing from successful experiences to advance universal access to safe surgical care

Session virtual link: Digital Session, Meeting ID: 986 9649 3734

Session title Global Surgery: Drawing from successful experiences to advance universal access to safe surgical care
Hosts Association of Surgeons of Uganda
Department of Surgery, Makerere University
College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
Mulago National Referral Hospital
Session Objectives The panel discussion objective is to highlight the success stories in advancing universal Health Coverage for safe surgery particularly in Africa and leverage these experiences to create sustainable surgical systems that will achieve the SDG 3 of safe health care for all. Specifically, this session is intended to create a direction on:

  1. Building adaptive and relevant training methodologies to meet the growing surgical and trauma disease burden in LMICs.
  2. Discussing approaches for the integration of essential and emergency surgical care as a priority in the all national and continental health care strategies
  3. Understand the impact of existing global surgery initiatives especially on the African continent
  4. Discuss the role of the civil society organizations and professional associations in advancing the universal access to safe surgery agenda.
Session Abstract Progress in attaining the SDG 3 of universal health coverage has greatly been affected by the lag in universal access to safe surgical care. The last decade has seen an increase in awareness about the burden of surgical diseases especially among academics and policy makers with a call for adaptation of surgical care as a critical component of the universal health care package. While highly impactful strategies have been described and published, their uptake, adaptation and scale up has been markedly slow. LMICs particularly in Africa still grapple with unprecedented surgical care disparities with preventable deaths and complications of easily treatable conditions such as trauma, cancer and congenital conditions contributing to the biggest burden. Multisectoral approaches to address these disparities have gained traction with calls for national strategic plans and inclusion of surgical care on national essential health care packages. Other strategies bridging disparities in human resource availability, training, financing have been piloted and described and implemented across LMICs with varying success rates. With this session, we shall bring together academics, government officials, clinicians and policy makers from organizations that have conducted successful programs in advancing safe surgical care with the hope that the linkages and networks established and the contextual exchange of knowledge and practices shall fuel the continued agenda of advancing universal access to safe surgical care and achievement of the SDG 3.
Session Format
Panel Discussion 7 Workshop Plenary
Chairs Chair: Prof. Francis Omaswa, Executive Director-ACHEST

Co-Chair: Dr. Birabwa Male, Deputy Executive Director Mulago Hospital

Speakers Title Contact Status
Speaker 1 (Policy/Government) Dr. Charles Olaro

Director, Health Services, Ministry of Health

Dr. Walt Johnson

Lead, Essential and Emergency surgical care, WHO Head-quarters, Geneva







Speaker 2 (Academia) Prof Abebe Bekele

Dean, School of Medicine. University of Global Health Equity

Professor Ignatius Kakande


Speaker 3 (Civil Society) Dr. Lenga Gome

President Surgical Society of Kenya


Dr. Seke Kazuma

President, Zambia Associations of Surgeons

Speaker 4 (Private sector) DR. Ssebale Kato

CEO Case Hospital

Speaker 5 (Optional)
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