In a recent article published in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) update on implementing WHA 68.15, the World Health Assembly declaration on strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage, the UK Colleges of Surgery have affirmed their commitment to access to surgery.
The Royal College of Surgeons in the UK and Ireland have real concerns about the inequity of care in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Together, they recognise the opportunities that exist to contribute to system strengthening and to developing standards, education and advocacy initiatives to enhance access to quality surgical care in these countries.
The article, entitled The Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the UK and Ireland: A Common Vision for Global Surgery, summarises the efforts of the Colleges to address disparities in surgical care in LMICs. It also identifies the benefits of collaborating with the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) to train and retain local surgeons, and describes the role of advocacy in surgical capacity building.
The full article can be accessed here. The Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the UK and Ireland: A Common Vision for Global Surgery, American College of Surgeons Bulletin, 2018, Volume 103, Number 5, P.P. 31 - 40.
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