We are thrilled to announce that we will be celebrating the Global Surgery Day on May 25th, 2023, at Northwest School of Medicine/Northwest General Hospital & Research Centre. This momentous event aims to raise awareness about the importance of surgical care on a global scale and highlight the need for equitable access to surgical services worldwide.
Global Surgery Day was initiated by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS), a collaboration of surgeons, anaesthesiologists, and other healthcare professionals from around the world. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was formed in response to the recognition that surgical care is an essential component of healthcare, yet millions of people worldwide lack access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical services.
The inaugural Global Surgery Day was celebrated on May 25th, 2015. This date holds significance as it marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery report. The report, titled “Global Surgery 2030: Evidence and Solutions for Achieving Health, Welfare, and Economic Development,” served as a comprehensive analysis of the global surgical landscape, highlighting the disparities and challenges faced by populations in accessing surgical care.
Global Surgery Day was established to raise awareness about the need for equitable access to surgical services and to mobilise action towards achieving the goals set forth in the Lancet Commission report. Since its inception, Global Surgery Day has grown into an annual observance that brings together healthcare professionals, policymakers, organizations, and advocates to discuss and advocate for improved surgical care worldwide.
Through symposiums, conferences, workshops, and social media campaigns, Global Surgery Day provides a platform to share knowledge, research, and experiences, fostering collaborations and inspiring initiatives to address the global surgical burden. It serves as a catalyst for policy changes, resource allocation, and capacity building efforts to strengthen surgical systems and improve healthcare outcomes globally.
The initiative continues to gain momentum and has garnered widespread support from the global healthcare community. The observance of Global Surgery Day underscores the commitment to achieving universal access to safe, affordable surgical care as an integral part of achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals related to health and well-being.