GlobalSurg & The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery

Improving surgical outcomes through collaborative research

The Unit is built upon equitable partnerships between all members. Through an evolving shared leadership with the Hub Directors, structured transfer of leadership to the Hub Directors provides sustainability for the Hubs, the network and thereby the Unit.


Our research is undertaken through a network of >80 Hub-Spoke hospitals, located across three continents.

Over the last 4.5 years, we have set up seven surgical research Hubs in Benin, Ghana, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa with an extensive network of urban and rural ‘Spoke’ hospitals. This network prioritised the surgical topics that needed research and has performed multiple surgical studies.


Through bespoke training we are building capacity across this network to undertake surgical and other clinical research.


Click on the image to read the updated summary of the NIHR Global Surgery Unit work.

An updated summary (September 2023) of the work developed by the NIHR Global Surgery Unit can be found in this report.