Resources and advocacy
Surgery is an integral, indivisible component of a properly functioning health system. It is essential to ensure healthy lives for men, women and children of all ages.
Access to surgery is a prerequisite for the fulfilment of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: Good Health and Well-Being and is a significant contributor to various other UNSDGs.
Yet five billion people worldwide do not have access to safe, affordable and timely surgical and anaesthesia care. The majority of these people live in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Fixing this problem of lack of access requires more than short-term efforts.
Through our membership of national and international alliances, the RCSI Institute of Global Surgery advocates for the international community to pay greater attention to the lack of access to surgery globally and to make more resources available to address the problem. We also carry out communications activities, including Global Surgery Grand Rounds, and host awareness-raising events to build engagement in global surgery amongst the general public.
The Institute of Global Surgery shares our research findings and programme outcomes widely. Our team and partners are key to our contribution to the knowledge base of global surgery.
On the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm (IST), the IGS hosts the international Global Surgery Grand Rounds – a series of webinars with invited speakers who discuss different aspects of global surgery.
The aim of these Grand Rounds is widen the conversation and raise the profile of global surgery within the international development and global health space. Recordings of past Grand Rounds can be found on our YouTube channel.
Sign up to the IGS mailing list here to be informed of future Grand Rounds and other events relating to global surgery.
Find out more about international agreements and programmes relevant to global surgery: