Violence and Injury Prevention

WHO Executive Board tables resolution related to emergency and surgical care

In May 2014 WHO's Executive Board considered a report by the Secretariat on Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage (EB135/3) and a related resolution that was forwarded to the World Health Assembly. Together with obstructed labour, congenital anomalies, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, hernias and cataracts, injuries from road traffic crashes, burns and falls are among the conditions that regularly require surgical care. Surgically treatable diseases are among the top 15 causes of disability worldwide. The report noted that strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia services will strengthen health services overall, improve outcomes for populations such as mothers and children, and support WHO's work towards achieving the goal of universal health coverage.