A Timeline

The Case for Global


There are currently an estimated 5 billion people who are living without access to the surgical care they need. The consequences of a lack of surgical care include substantial economic losses and most importantly, a degradation of the foundational elements that make us human—our health and wellbeing. Take a look at the landmark global surgery research to date.


April 2015

The Lancet Commission for Global Surgery 2030

There are currently 5 billion people living without access to the surgical care they need. In April of 2030, the Lancet outlined the case for global surgery as an integral step towards achieving universal health care.


May 2015

World Health Assembly Resolution 68.15

Surgically treated conditions account for 11% of the worldwide burden of disease. In May of 2015, the sixty-eighth World Health Assembly came together to address the barriers.

June 2017

May 2015

Disease Control Priorities Essential Surgery

In May of 2015 the Disease Control Priorities set forth a report to outline the most cost effective surgical procedures. The purpose is to integrate these procedures into surgical systems with universal delivery.

Surgical Care Systems Strengthening, Developing NSOAPs

In June of 2017, the World Health Organization developed a modeling tool for national surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia plans (NSOAPs). This outlines the process for scaling-up surgical systems in order to alleviate the access barriers.