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.
The WHO Integrated Management for Emergency & Essential Surgical Care e-learning toolkit (CD) has been developed by the Clinical Procedures Unit in collaboration with the GIEESC programme. This tool targets policy-makers, managers, and health-care providers (surgeons, anaesthetists, non-specialist doctors, health officers, nurses, and technicians). This tool contains WHO recommendations for minimum standards in emergency, surgery, trauma, obstetrics and anaesthesia at first-referral level health-care facilities.
More than 30 years ago, then Director-General of the WHO Dr. Mahler identified the important role of Surgery in primary health care, citing the availability of emergency surgical treatment in injuries as an essential component. "Without it, in spite of preventive measures…people will not have faith in primary health care…people in need must have access to skilled surgical care at the first-line referral hospitals.