Emergency and essential surgical care

About The Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC)

about gieesc

The Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) was established in December, 2005 as an international collaboration of Ministries of Health, WHO country offices, local and international organizations, and academia. GIEESC is involved in reducing death and disability from road traffic accidents, trauma, burns, falls, pregnancy related complications, domestic violence, disasters, and other surgical conditions in low-and middle-income countries by:

  • increasing the capacity of first-referral level facilities to deliver effective emergency surgical care through education and training
  • improving the quality of care in resource-limited healthcare facilities by advocating for safe and appropriate use of emergency and essential surgical procedures and linked equipment
  • enhancing existing training and education programs by providing guidelines, best practice protocols, training materials, and checklists
  • fostering networks, partnerships, and collaboration among the various international agencies, academe, and nongovernmental organizations in the fight to reduce the surgical burden of disease, essentially a hub for global surgical action
  • contributing to the growing body of literature on surgical capacity of healthcare facilities through a global database of over 35 countries

GIEESC currently has nearly 300 members, including health authority officials, members of academia, multidisciplinary health care providers, leaders of health education and training programs, policy makers, health economists, and representatives from non-governmental organizations, civil societies, and local and international organizations. Members represent approximately 60 countries, including representation from 38 LMICs.