Selfless is delighted to announce that it has become the 62ndmember of the G4 Alliance – the global network of organisations advocating for safe surgery, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia care in the post-2015 development agenda.
Selfless’ mission is to tackle the biggest challenges in global healthcare through innovation, advocacy and skills sharing. In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO’s promotion of Universal Health Coverage, Selfless has become the 62ndmember of the global community of organisations advocating for universal access to safe surgical care.
The G4 alliance was launched in May 2015 as a network of NGOs, academic institutions and professional societies advocating for safe essential surgery, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia care.
Surgically treatable diseases account for 11% of the world’s burden of disease with low and middle-income countries being the worst affected. Many of the top 15 causes of disability worldwide stem from conditions that could be effectively treated by surgery.
Over 70% of the world’s population lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care. The WHO’s resolution 68/15 on strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of Universal Health Coverage adopted at the 2015 World Health Assembly has further emphasised the need for global action on access to surgery.
The G4 alliance has launched a global consultation on the development of a policy and advocacy platform supported by evidence from the Lancet Commission Report on Global Surgery. The organisation is interested in developing a worldwide method for monitoring surgical training to strengthen health systems in the developing world
Selfless has been working with the Tropical Health and Education Trust and the Department for International Development to raise awareness of obstetric fistula and other maternal issues in the UK and in Bangladesh. Faheem Ahmed, Policy Director at Selfless, had the following to say:
“Selfless is committed to advocating for global surgical care to be pushed up the political agenda. Becoming part of this global community of organisations working at the frontline of surgical, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia care is a significant step towards reaching our goals.”