Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgical Care: Executive Summary
Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery
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There is growing recognition that safe surgery and anesthesia should be an essential component of universal health care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Landmark studies in 2015, by the Disease Control Priorities Project (DCP3) and Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS) were important in defining the scale and scope of the surgical burden worldwide, priority surgical interventions, and economic impact of surgical care 1,2. Shortly after the release of their two reports, the World Health Assembly passed resolution 68/15 designed to strengthen emergency and essential surgical and anesthesia care as a component of universal health coverage 3. To facilitate implementation of the DCP3 and LCoGS recommendations a growing number of countries are developing national surgical, obstetric and anesthesia plans 4. National surgical plans are an iterative process where stakeholders use country-level data to develop a contextually relevant and sustainable plan to ensure that surgical and obstetrical services are available for an entire country or region.
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