Global Surgery 2030: Building a movement for sustainable, resilient health systems

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Launch Event

May 6, 2015

Boston, MA, USA

Wednesday, May 6

Location : Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Amphitheater

    09:00 – 09:05

Keynote Address I – Bridging The Gap:  From the Facts to the Future (video address)

Jim Kim

    09:05 – 09:30

Global Surgery 2030: Evidence and Solutions for Achieving Health, Welfare, and Economic Development

John Meara, Justine Davies

  • Overview of launch day, overview of the commission, presentation of commission’s key messages

    9:30 – 9:40

Presentation – Workforce, Training and Education

Lars Hagander

    9:40 – 10:15

Panel- Role of surgical colleges, academic medical centers, and hospitals

Andy Leather, Fizan Abdullah, Robert Riviello, Gary Gottlieb, David Hoyt, Vanda Amado

  • Colleges- role in training for low- and middle-income country (LMIC) providers (clinical, research, management), managing brain drain, credentialing
  • Academic Medical Centers and Hospitals- models of engagement, resources required (human and financial) for staff engagement in global surgery, global surgery training pathways
  • Action items for high-income country colleges, academic medical centres, and hospitals

     10:15 – 10:35    Break

    10:35 – 11:10

Panel – The role of residents, fellows, and training programs

Haile Debas, Adil Haider, Craig McClain, John Tarpley, Ainhoa Costas-Chavarri, Louis-Franck Télémaque

  • Role of residents in global surgery
  • Residency programs in global surgery
  • Ethics, supervision, challenges of bilateral exchanges
  • Accompaniment model
  • Action items for residents, fellows, and training programs

    11:10 – 11:45

Panel- The role of students and schools

Paul Farmer, Julio Frenk, Robert Taylor, Mack Cheney, Lars Hagander, Sarnai Erdene

  • Surgery as a public health problem
  • Engaging the business/management community,
  • How students of medicine, business, public health, nursing, and engineering can develop expertise in global health equity
  • Career paths
  • Accompaniment model/twinning with LIC programs
  • Action Items for students and schools

    11:45 – 12:20

Panel- The role of partners in industry 

George Dyer, Stephen Rudy, Asha Varghese, Timothy Prestero, Amber Gaumnitz

  • Responsibility for development of innovative, high-quality, durable, usable equipment
  • Plans for maintenance of equipment
  • Role for donations from industry
  • Action items for partners in industry

  12:20 – 13:30   Lunch 

    13:30 – 14:00

Keynote Address II – Scaling up of surgical care:  from Cange to Connaught

Paul Farmer

  • Training programs as fundamental to health systems development
  • Four essential elements in global health delivery
  • Role of HIC trainees

    14:00 – 14:10

Presentation – Commission findings and recommendations on research

Richard Sullivan

  • What is known in GS research
  • Research priorities identified by the Commission
  • Bibliometrics data
  • Considerations for funders/IRBs/journals
  • Research capacity in LMICs

    14:10 – 14:45

Panel:  The role of academia (researchers, journals, research funding bodies)

Mark Shrime, Justine Davies, Charlie Mock, Matchecane Cossa, Sergelen Orgoi

  • Open access journals, open access data
  • Clinical responsibilities vs research
  • Research training, ethical considerations
  • Academic output vs educating others
  • Action Items for researchers, journals, and research funding bodies

     14:45 – 15:05    Break

    15:05 – 15:40

Panel: The role of the press in building movements for global health: lessons for global surgery

Ray Price, Jeff Marvin, Bridget Huber, Eric Talbert, Michael Goldfarb

  • Crafting of messages
  • Building a media (and social media) presence
  • Engaging key stakeholders
  • Action Items for global surgery advocates and journalists

    15:40 – 16:25

Panel:  The role of donors

Gavin Yamey, Vanessa Kerry, James Heiby, Robert Marten

  • What is the role of financial donors in improving global surgical care delivery?
  • How do we mobilize funding for global surgery?
  • Action items for donors in Boston and around the world

    16:25 – 16:35


John Meara

    16:35 – 17:30    

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