Global Partnerships

Global Partnerships

Approximately 17 million people die each year from conditions that require surgical care - most in low and middle income countries.

Our Global Partnerships Strategy aims to offer our expertise to partner institutions to assist and co-create projects to improve access to safe and timely anaesthetic care.

We are committed to forging and nurturing relationships with doctors and institutions from other countries. This is why we are working in partnership with health education providers both in the UK and internationally to develop high quality anaesthetic training and standards for doctors and non-physician anaesthetists. We believe that it is important that relationships are two-way – while our expertise can benefit our colleagues based internationally, we recognise that learning is bi-directional, and there is a lot that we can learn from our colleagues in different environments.

The Lancet Commission report into Global Surgery, published in 2015, highlighted the significant unmet surgical and anaesthetic need across the world, particularly in Low and Middle Income Countries. The report says that in addition to the 313 million surgical procedures undertaken each year, it is estimated that an additional 143 surgical procedures are required per year.  When factoring in differences in geographical location, it is estimated that 67 per cent of the world’s population has unmet surgical need.

Working with local organisations and institutions will strengthen international healthcare systems.  This ensures the long-term stability of these systems and increases patient access to safe anaesthetic and surgical services.

We are also increasing our support and engagement with our international members and developing an international network, through which information and learning can be shared across borders and continents.

Advocating for COVID-19 vaccine equity and UK aid funding for LMIC

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has co-signed a letter to the UK government highlighting the need for vaccine equity across the world. 


Remarkable gains have been made in global health in the past 25 years, but progress has not been uniform. Mortality and morbidity from common conditions needing surgery have grown in the world’s poorest regions, both in real terms and relative to other health gains. At the same time, development of safe, essential, life-saving surgical and anaesthesia care in low-income and middle-income countries has stagnated or regressed.

Meara J G et al
The Lancet Commission

THET'S 2021 Annual Conference: 'Power of Partnership, Solidarity in the Shadow of COVID' 7th-8th, 11th-12th October 2021 (Online)

THET and the wider Health Partnership community are gathering for their Annual Conference this October to examine the myriad forms of solidarity across the Health Partnership community in this International Year of the Health and Care Worker, looking to the future, as the UK hosts the UN Climate Change Conference in November and works to define itself on a global stage.

The conference will run over four mornings, 7th - 8th and 11th - 12th October 2021. For a limited time only, they are offering a 10% discount on all tickets with the code ‘JOINUS’.  To learn more and register for the conference, please click here.

The event offers an unparalleled opportunity to get up to speed with key debates in global health and to hear from leading voices from across the health, development, academic and government communities, including Prof Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer for England), Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus (Director General, WHO), Dr Lia Tadesse (Minister of Health, Ethiopia) and Elizabeth Iro (Chief Nursing Officer, WHO) to name just a few. The online conference platform also offers opportunities to network with peers from across the world.


GASOC Conference 2021: The Story of Global Surgery: the Past, Present, Future -18/19 September 2021 (Online event)

GASOC (Global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration) is a trainee-led group that advocates for trainee engagement in Global Surgery. One way in which we do this is by holding an annual conference. This year our conference theme is “The story of Global Surgery – the Past, Present and Future”. It will take place virtually from 18th-19th September 2021. The aims of this conference are to provide a background of global surgery as a specialty, outline the current challenges in tackling the inequalities in surgical care worldwide and showcasing projects that tackle these disparities. We will then be focusing on the future of global surgery such as innovative approaches in providing care and training globally and how technology may be used in the future to tackle current challenges.

Cost (2 day conference)
  • Consultant: £70
  • High income country foundation doctor/ Specialty Trainee: £55
  • Medical student/ Allied healthcare professional: £20
  • Low and middle-income country delegates: Free to attend

LMIC delegates : to apply for your free ticket you must have a VERIFIED account on MedAll with your hospital/student ID or email originating from a Low or Middle Income Country as stipulated by the World Bank and fill out our online form ( and LMIC Form)


Oxford Global Surgery Course, 13–17 September 2021 (online)

Applications are now open for Global Surgery.
Taking place online, this intensive five-day course will enable medical practitioners and students worldwide to explore the critical challenges facing those working towards universal access to safe and affordable surgical, anaesthesia and obstetric care.
Monday 13 September to Friday 17 September 2021
Apply by 16 May to be considered for a bursary.

This accredited course covers major topics such as burden of disease, manpower issues, training, partnership, supplies, service management, research needs, advocacy and ethics, and resource allocation.

The course is suitable for those in all disciplines interested in global surgery, anaesthesia and obstetrics:

  • medical personnel with an interest in global surgery
  • qualified surgeons, anaesthetists and obstetricians/gynaecologists
  • those in training, including senior medical students 
  • allied healthcare professions linked to global surgery.

Full programme information, including how to apply and the documentation required, may be found on their website.

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