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UNITAR, Global Surgery Foundation and WFSA partner to build anaesthesia and surgery capacity worldwide


WFSA and United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) have agreed to enter into partnership through the Global Surgery Foundation to coordinate efforts to build the capacity of anaesthesia and surgery in countries and regions most in need of assistance.

Embedded within UNITAR, the Global Surgery Foundation facilitates collaboration with organisations such as the WHO, UN Member State missions and a wide range of NGOs to strengthen global surgical capacity.

The Global Surgery Foundation and WFSA partnership aims to develop a range of activities to help build in-country capacity. A key initiative, is to improve access to expert-led continued medical education and training. The collaboration will raise awareness of the need to strengthen global anaesthesia and surgery to realise Universal Health Coverage and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To this end the partnership will be urging governments to develop and implement National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plans.

WFSA's Chief Executive Officer, Julian Gore-Booth said, "WFSA are delighted to be working with colleagues at UNITAR and the Global Surgery Foundation to strengthen anaesthesia and surgical care worldwide. The current global health crisis shows how essential anaesthesiologists and the wider surgical team are to a functioning health service that is able to respond effectively and safely to the needs of the communities they serve. Through this partnership we’ll be exploring innovative ways to address the scope, scale and quality of the training and support that surgical teams so desperately need. Our aim is to improve clinical outcomes for patients and, ultimately, save more lives. "

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