Emergency and essential surgical care

Education and Training

Training workshops

Aims to strengthen local capacity in emergency and essential surgical skills.

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Surgical Care at the District Hospital (SCDH) manual

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Contains teaching material on the most essential emergency, surgical, obstetric, and anesthetic procedures. Written by an international team of specialists for surgeons, non-surgeons, and healthcare workers alike.

Integrated Management of Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (IMEESC) e-learning toolkit

(IMEESC) tool kit



Contains WHO recommendations for minimum standards in emergency and essential surgical and anesthetic interventions at the first-referral level health-care facilities.

Training Videos

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Includes management of wounds, tendon, and soft tissue injuries, head and spinal injuries, as well as various fractures of the pelvis and upper and lower limbs. Available only on the IMEESC CD.

Contact information

World Health Organization
Emergency and Essential
Surgical Care Programme
20 Avenue Appia, 1211
Geneva 27, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 791 2207
Email: surgery@who.int