Emergency and Essential Surgical Care
The WHO Programme for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) is dedicated to strengthening health systems, achieving universal health coverage, and ensuring the safety and efficacy of clinical procedures in Anaesthesia, Surgery, Orthopaedics, and Obstetrics.
Events World Health Assembly and Executive Board
68th World Health Assembly
Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage
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136th session of the WHO Executive Board Meeting
Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage Read more about EESC EB event
More than 30 years ago, then Director-General of the WHO Dr. Mahler identified the important role of Surgery in primary health care, citing the availability of emergency surgical treatment in injuries as an essential component. "Without it, in spite of preventive measures…people will not have faith in primary health care…people in need must have access to skilled surgical care at the first-line referral hospitals.