Emergency and essential surgical care


Following the unanimous passage of WHA resolution 68.15 (2015), on strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage, implementation of surgical system strengthening was begun in several countries through a three-step process of baseline assessment, facility assessments and national surgical planning. This monograph outlines this process and highlights success stories and lessons learned through the case studies of 8 different countries over the past 2 years.

Research publications by topics

Universal access to emergency and essential surgical care - Poster and Banner

Contact information

Emergency & Essential Surgical Care Programme
Service Delivery and Safety
Health Systems and Innovation
World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27

For feedback or other enquiries please contact us at surgery@who.int.