Global Surgery

5 key points

5 Billion people do not have access to save surgery when needed

143 Million procedures needed annually at minimum

33 Million individuals face catastrophic expenditures paying for surgery and anesthesia annually

Investing in surgery is affordable, safes lives and promotes economic growth

Surgery is an indivisable, indispensable part of health care

Strengths of the Dutch in Global Surgery

Many surgeons with experience in LMIC, mainly because of the long history with global health doctors (artsen Internationale Gezondheidszorg en Tropengeneeskunde/Tropenartsen)

Reknown education and research system in surgery

Many NGOs in the transition from charitable missions to sustainable partners

Medical companies and institutions interested to invest in global surgical care

Proposed Strategy

From aid to shared investments in a healthy future for all

From charitable missions to sustainable partnerships

From vertical programs to horizontal implementation

From teaching to mutual learning and innovation

Improving global surgical care is both a moral and a strategic imperative