Emergency and essential surgical care

Surgery: the neglected component of primary care

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.

Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Global Database

The WHO Programme for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) is dedicated to strengthening health systems, achieving universal health coverage, and ensuring the safety and efficacy of clinical procedures in Anaesthesia, Surgery, Orthopaedics, and Obstetrics.

Events World Health Assembly and Executive Board

68th World Health Assembly
Historic moment for the WHO Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Program. The 68th WHA passes the resolution A68/15 on Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage on 22nd May 2015 in the morning session in Committee B Room XVII at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
Read the press release here

68th World Health Assembly Side Event
Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage: Commitments on Implementation.

News/events

WHO EESC advocacy video

Contact information

Emergency and essential surgical care
Service Delivery and Safety
Health Systems and Innovation
World Health Organization
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1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Email: surgery@who.int