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Strategic Planning to Improve Surgical, Obstetric, Anaesthesia, and Trauma Care in the Asia-Pacific Region
Background: Worldwide, 5 billion people lack access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical care, while approximately one-third of the global disease burden will require surgical management. Those living in low- and middle-income countries face the largest gaps in care, which results in preventable death and disability and slows economic development. In 2015 the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery recommended the development of National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anesthesia Plans (NSOAPs) to address these gaps using a systems based approach. These strategic plans have been undertaken in several countries in the Western Pacific Region, with many others expressing interest or commitment to NSOAPs. Additionally, the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific developed and approved a Regional Action Framework for Safe and Affordable Surgery in 2020, which provides a roadmap for improving access, quality, and affordability of surgery in the region.

Objectives:
(1) Provide recent updates and historical context for surgical capacity strengthening in the Western Pacific and globally.
(2) Identify challenges and opportunities to improve surgical care in the Western Pacific.
(3) Discuss the role of the WHO, funding agencies, professional organizations, academic institutions, and private organizations in support strategic planning and implementation of surgical care.
(4) Explore possibilities for coordinated efforts. Facilitate partnerships and regional collaboration.

Structure: There will be 3 two hour long sessions open to the public

Certificates of Participation will be available to all those who attend all 3 sessions.

(1) Feb 18 - Improving Surgical Care in the Asia-Pacific Region: Current Status & Opportunities - February 18th 2-4amGMT
(2) Mar 4 - Financing for Surgical, Obstetric, Anaesthesia, & Trauma Care 2-4amGMT
(3) Mar 18 - Strategic Partnerships in Supporting Surgical Care 2-4amGMT
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