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.

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


Oxford University Global Surgery Group Webinar, 18 September 2020

The Oxford University Global Surgery Group are running a free half-day webinar on the 18th of September about surgical priorities in a global pandemic.

The day will feature Oxford Group members discussing topics such as anaesthetic and intensive care priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on sexual and reproductive health, important research questions, and prioritising resource allocation in the aftermath.

It will also provide interviews around topics such as:

- How HICs might meaningfully support LMICs, both on the ground and remotely, in this new situation,
- Discussions around assessment of personal risk to practitioners/volunteers in an international crisis,
- What should be the role of an HIC team in this pandemic?

The group welcomes practitioners of all grades and disciplines engaged in global surgery, anaesthesia and obstetrics or related fields, especially our international colleagues.

The link for more information is:

THET 2020 Annual Conference, 1, 2-5 and 6 October 2020

This year’s THET Conference will take place virtually. Held over four mornings in October (1st and 2nd – 5th and 6th), the Conference will bring together over 300 delegates and speakers from across the global health sector – including, health professionals, donors, civil society and government representatives – on a dedicated virtual platform.

Through the lens of Health Partnerships, THET’s 2020 Annual Conference will explore the challenges of the decade to come, looking in particular at the quality and inclusivity of our work, bringing together voices from across the health, development, academia and governmental communities to explore topics from gender equality and social inclusion to quality improvement and power dynamics.

They have a range of ticket options available, including concessionary tickets, which can be purchased here.

More information can also be found on our conference website

If you have any queries or require further information please contact us via or call us on +44 (0)207 092 1559