Global Surgery Initiative


Despite the obvious need, there is presently no coordinated research or funding strategy to support the development of surgical and trauma care in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), such as that which exists with the Global Fund for HIV, Malaria and TB.

UNITAR seeks to contribute access to Safe and Affordable Surgery for all people.

For more information regarding our partnerships, please click here.

Newly Published: National Surgical Obstetric Anesthesia Planning (NSOAP) Manual


Following both the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and the World Health Assembly Resolution 68.15 in 2015, world leaders in surgery, obstetrics and anesthesia came together to produce a comprehensive planning methodology for governments to use to increase capacity in safe surgical, obstetrical and anesthesia care.  The National Surgical Obstetric Anesthesia Planning (NSOAP) process offers ministries of health a pathway to integrate surgical planning into their overall national health strategies using a systematic and logical approach.

With more than 50 contributors from various sectors of global health, the NSOAP Manual provides a framework for the development of plans and policies to improve the provision of  safe surgery, obstetric and anesthesia care at a national level.

The NSOAP Manual is being published as a collaborative initiative between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Harvard Medical School Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, and the Global Surgery Foundation.

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To download the NSOAP Manual free of charge, please click here.

New Mobile Application - The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist


The World Health Organization published the Surgical Safety Checklist in 2008 as a way to increase the safety of patients undergoing surgical procedures. The use of the checklist is associated with a significant decrease in complications and death related to surgery and anaesthesia.

UNITAR, in partnership with the WHO and the United Nations International Computing Center and Harvard Medical School’s Programme in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC), have developed the Surgical Safety Checklist Mobile App (download now on Google Play & Apple Appstore) that is intended to provide surgical teams with an electronic checklist, on safe standard procedures to be followed in the operating room.

It is recommended for all members of a surgical team including surgeons, anaesthesiologists, nurses and assistants.

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