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WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC)

Emergency & Essential Surgical Care programme, Department of Department Health Systems Policies and Workforce, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland .

Collaborative workspace moderated by Dr Meena Nathan Cherian

WHO 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. The specific objectives are

  • strengthen capacity to deliver effective emergency surgical care at the first referral level facility, working towards achieving the WHO Millennium Development Goals
  • improve the quality of care through safe and appropriate use of emergency and essential surgical procedures and linked equipment in resource limited healthcare facilities
  • strengthen existing training and education programs in safety of essential procedures in low and middle income countries


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