Emergency and essential surgical care

Areas of work

The WHO Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) program is dedicated to providing life-saving surgical care to meet the need in areas of the world where the burden is high, access is low, and the disparity is great.

Injuries

The optimal management of injury starts at the first-referral health facility. The WHO EESC program works to strengthen EES delivery at the first-referral facility level.

Infectious Diseases

The surgical workforce at the first-referral health facility in Africa faces high HIV transmission risk. The WHO EESC program works to improve the safety of performing clinical procedures.

Cancer

Simple procedures at the first-referral health facility allow early detection and referral of cancer patients. The WHO EESC program works to increase early detection of cancer in low- and middle-income countries.

Pregnancy-related complications

One-third of all pregnancy-related complications can be treated with surgery. The WHO EESC program works to improve maternal healthcare delivery in district and sub-district health facilities.

Disasters and Emergencies

Timely access to emergency surgical care in humanitarian crisis is important to reduce death and disability. The WHO EESC program works with partners to provide guidance for disaster preparedness and response. infrastructures.

Congenital Anomalies

50% of congenital anomalies can be treated with surgery. The WHO EESC Program promotes investment into cost-effective and disability-preventive measures of treatment.

Contact information

World Health Organization
Emergency and Essential
Surgical Care Programme
20 Avenue Appia, 1211
Geneva 27, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 791 2207
Fax: +41 22 791 4836
Email: surgery@who.int