Global Surgery

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
  1. To understand the existing global and sub-Saharan burden of surgical diseases and human resource for surgery disparities.
  2. To discuss approaches for the integration of essential and emergency surgical care as a priority in the all national and continental health care strategies
  3. To evaluate the National Surgical, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia Plans (NSOAPs) frameworks in sub-Saharan Africa and develop effective implementation strategies.
  4. To understand the impact of existing global surgery initiatives on the African continent and the role of the civil society organizations and professional associations.
Session Abstract There is global recognition of the impact of surgical diseases on achievement of SDG3. Surgical diseases including trauma, cancer, essential and non-trauma emergencies cause more deaths than all infectious diseases combined. These surgical diseases often affect individuals in their productive youth resulting in permanent disability and greatest DALYs with associated impoverishing expenditure of treatment. This catastrophic sequence results in a never-ending cycle of poverty inhibiting development of sustainable livelihoods and attainment of SDG 3. Surgical diseases have the highest disparities in surgeon to patient ratios with often a majority of patients stay will correctable surgical conditions such as cleft lip up until adult. Most surgical diseases require a one-time intervention to restore function for the affected individuals and hence the required treatment costs when compared to other diseases are relatively low. Despite these alarming statistics, surgical care has remained to number one neglected service in LMICs.

To narrow these disparities requires efforts beyond theatres and as such we aim to bring together key stake holders and policy makers in health care in Africa to discuss and propose solutions to the existing challenges in achieving Universal Health Coverage for safe surgical care.  The need to achieve this objective birthed the global surgery movement inspired by the Lancet commission on Global surgery.

Session Format
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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)
Speaker 6 (Optional)

Event Timeslots (1)

WS 10