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. 

Simulation Courses for doctors new to the NHS

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BMA Information Fund launched to mark Universal Health Coverage Day

The BMA Information Fund provides grants to cover health information and educational materials to health-focused organisations in low-resource settings. BMA members and non-members are welcome to apply before 5pm on 23 January 2023
For more information about the Fund, and how to apply, please visit BMA Information Fund

You can read more about this year’s launch in the online article found here 

World Anaesthesia Society Seminar - 10 July 2023 

Sustainability in Global Anaesthesia & Re-engaging with partnerships

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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

Applications for GASOC committee roles

GASOC is inviting applications to a wide range of committee roles, as follows:

  • Vice President 
  • Events representative
  • Secretary
  • Communications representative
  • Innovation and technology representative
  • UK surgical representative 
  • UK obstetric representative
  • Surgical representative for Ireland
  • UK anaesthetic representative

Full terms and conditions can be found here

To apply, please email  


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