Five billion people lack access to basic surgical care worldwide, and to try to bridge this gap, in 2013 a group of surgeons created the “Global Surgery” Commission (lancetglobalsurgery.org).
This Agency has three main objectives: to highlight the precarious situation of surgery worldwide, to carry out economic studies on surgery and anesthesia, and to develop strategies to improve access to them.
To complete this task, the “Global Surgery” has 22 commissioners, including representatives of professional societies, government agencies, NGOs and academic institutions from 14 countries.
The NED Foundation joined the “Global Surgery” ideology in 2016, on the impact of comprehensive surgery in the fight against poverty, incorporating in the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute of Zanzibar different surgical specialties called “Essential Surgery”.
With this initiative we have tried to join the fight to prevent the death of more than two million people a year due to lack of basic surgical care.
Based on our NED Institute together with the fact that it is accredited by COSECSA (College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa), it has become in the last four years a teaching center for professionals, not only in Neurosurgery, but of another large number of related specialties that, under the umbrella offered by said specialty, promote the access of the surgical branches to as many patients as possible in the Region.
Thus, since the creation of the NED Foundation, more than 900 volunteers have moved, which, together with Neurosurgery (286 volunteers) and Nursing (263 volunteers), contributes to promoting “Essential Surgery” incorporating other essential specialties such as Intensive Care, Anesthesiology, Gynecology, Traumatology, General and Pediatric Surgery, … in a free healthcare center in one of the poorest areas of the world.