Dr. Kiran Nakarmi, ReSurge Nepal's surgical outreach director pictured above, will join speakers from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others on Capitol Hill to advocate for greater access to safe surgical care in developing countries.
In collaboration with the Congressional Global Health Caucus, ReSurge International and the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance) will host a Congressional Briefing on Surgical Care and the Global Need at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, in Washington, DC.
To support our mission to build surgical capacity and provide reconstructive surgical care for those in need, ReSurge works to raise the profile of surgical care as a critical component of global health and advocates to the U.S. government and in the UN system for greater access to care.
Dr. Kiran Nakarmi, ReSurge Nepal's surgical outreach director, will join speakers from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others on Capitol Hill. They will share the latest findings on the global impact of this public health issue, as well as cost-effective strategies for strengthening health systems and increasing access to surgical care to those in low-income countries.
Around the world, 5 billion people do not have access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care, with only 6% of all procedures benefiting the world’s poorest third. Yet, surgical care, including safe anesthesia, obstetric and trauma care, is a cross-cutting, cost-effective public health intervention to enhance health, productivity and economic development – and is essential to health systems strengthening.
Surgical conditions represent nearly a third of the global burden of disease. The Lancet Commission estimates that in 2010 alone, there were nearly 17 million surgically preventable deaths. The price of closing this global gap is estimated around $350 billion in low-income countries over the next 15 years. However, the cost of not investing in surgical care is projected to result in GDP losses as high as $12.3 trillion dollars in low-income countries. Global surgical care and anesthesia disparities have a far-reaching impact, affecting billions across all socioeconomic and demographic strata.
You can help advocate for safe surgical care for the 5 billion people in the world who lack access to timely, safe and affordable care. Here are a couple of ways to help today:
- Join us at the Congressional Briefing on May 10; RSVP here.
- Contact your U.S. Representative. Please let him/her know that global surgical care is important to you and that you would appreciate it if a member of the representative's staff could attend. (A sample note follows at the end of this blog.)
ReSurge appreciates your advocacy on behalf of those in need of surgical care. If you have any questions or want to get more involved, please contact Sara Anderson, ReSurge’s senior advisor for advocacy and innovation, at email@example.com.
Sample Email to Send to Your Congressional Representative:
Dear Representative ____:
Thank you for representing me and my community in the _(#)_ Congressional District of _(state)___. I am a (medical volunteer/supporter) of ReSurge International, which builds surgical capacity and provides reconstructive surgical care in developing countries. I’ve seen first-hand how access to surgical care saves lives and reduces disabilities.
Increasing access to essential surgical care in low-income countries is important to me. It is a cross-cutting, cost-effective public health intervention to enhance health, productivity and economic development – and is essential to health systems strengthening.
To learn more about this critical issue, I would appreciate it if a member of your staff could attend a Congressional Briefing on Surgical Care and the Global Need at 2pm, May 10, in the Gold Room, RHOB. To RSVP, please click here.
This briefing is in collaboration with the Congressional Global Health Caucus and is hosted by ReSurge International and the Global Alliance for Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance). For further information, please click here or contact Sara Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your consideration.
(Your name and address)