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Global Initiative for Children's Surgery (GICS)

The Global Initiative for Children's Surgery (GICS is a newly formed initiative which hopes to improve the surgical care of children in low-resource settings.  The inaugural meeting held in London in May 2016 gathered 27 delegates from 18 LMICs to assess the current state of surgical care for children and prioritize needs for improvement.  During the second meeting, to be held in Washington, DC October 7-8, 2016 participants will develop an action plan to bring about equitable global surgical care for all children.  The aim is to gather funders, NGOs, professional organizations, faith-based humanitarians to match LMIC needs with available resources.  For more information about the upcoming meeting, visit the GICS website.  


PaedSurg Africa Research Collaboration

PaedSurg Africa is a collaboration of surgeons and allied health professionals throughout sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) collectively producing the largest prospective cohort study of paediatric surgery in this region of the world.  The study results will be used to help advocate for enhanced children’s surgical services in SSA where they are desperately needed.  We aim to identify cost-effective, context appropriate interventions to improve survival and reduce disability for children in SSA.  The collaboration will help to enhance research capacity in SSA and create the infrastructure for ongoing collaborative work.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact

Data collection will be for 1-month of your choice between October – December 2016. Local ethics or audit approval is required to participate.  Individual participation should take a limited amount of time and effort (estimated 20-30 patients with minimal data points). However, collectively the study has the potential to include over 1500 children.  ALL COLLABORATORS WILL BE CO-AUTHORS ON INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS.

The protocol overview can be ready by clicking here.  Please click here to read the full protocol.


Global Paediatric Surgery Network Collaborative

The Global Paediatric Surgery Network Collaborative is composed of a group of globally-minded pediatric surgeons working together to improve the quality of pediatric surgical care world wide through projects in Networking, Practice, Education, Research, and Advocacy.  Please contact us by email if you are interested in joining:  The GPSN Collaborative has published its first article, The Global Paediatric Surgery Network: A Model of Subspecialty Collaboration Within Global Surgery. 


Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery released its report on April 27, 2015, with a vision to assure universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care when needed. Stunningly, 5 billion of the world's 7 billion people cannot access safe surgery when needed.



Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition (DCP3) Released the First Volume: Essential Surgery in March 2015.

"Improving access to surgical care could save 1.5 million lives per year in poor countries, according to findings released today by the Disease Control Priorities Network at University of Washington’s Department of Global Health." Says volume editor and University of California San Francisco Professor Haile Debas, “Essential Surgery, the first volume of the Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition (DCP3) series, identifies 44 essential surgical procedures which should be available in low- and middle-income countries. Most of these procedures can be performed in first-level hospitals by multidisciplinary teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other healthcare providers. Investment in first-level hospitals is critical because they are the most important sites for essential surgical care delivery.” 

DCP3 is available at the following link:

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