This section will introduce some of the initiatives at the global level to improve the delivery of surgical care to children in less-developed countries.
Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP Today) recently changed its name from the Global Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group and advocates for safe surgery and anesthesia worldwide.
The Bethune Round Table on International Surgery meets annually in Canada to discuss surgical issues in the developing world, including surgical education and research.
Bellagio Essential Surgery Group was formed in 2007 by leaders in Africa and elsewhere; the BESG collects data about the prevalence of surgical conditions and advocates for projects to increase access to surgical care in Africa.
The Commission on Smart Global Health Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) drew together a group of experts from various fields to publish a report on how to solve the challenges facing global health: "A healthier, safer, and more prosperous world."
The Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project runs a collaborative platform (GHDonline.org) where health care implementers share proven practices, connect with colleagues, and find resources they need to improve health outcomes in resource-limited settings (see specifically the Global Surgery and Anesthesia Community).
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program provides substantial funding for research in health issues in developing countries, primarily in infectious diseases.
Surgery and Global Health, a Powerpoint presentation on the Global Health Education Consortium website, gives a background perspective on surgery as a public health issue, disparities in surgical care, and efforts to meet manpower needs.
Worldmapper is a website with interesting cartograms (compare public health spending with population for an interesting visual representation of the disparities in health care delivery between wealthy and poor nations)