77th World Health Assembly Side Event 

Strengthening health systems across the world through surgery

The NIHR Global Surgery Unit will deliver a Side Event at the 2024 World Health Assembly, “Strengthening Health Systems Across the World Through Surgery”, on Tuesday 28th May. It brings together surgical colleagues from across our global network alongside policy makers, health ministers, academics and government staff to discuss the important role surgery plays in global healthcare systems. The Side Event will focus on two core areas of activity: Surgery as part of whole systems healthcare; and the importance of providing reliable and clean energy.

This webpage hosts the key new publications to support this discussion:

Lancet commentary:


Data-based publications:


New editorials:


Policy-focused publications:



Purpose of NIHR Global Surgery Unit

The Unit’s overarching aim is to improve the quality of life for billions of people around the world, by creating the world’s most sustainable surgical unit. The Unit’s ethos is inclusive and collaborative: our international cohort studies are open to all collaborators, including medical students, clinical officers, doctors, nurses and researchers. The Unit work was based in four pillars of work:
1. Research and Innovation
2. Education and Training
3. Patient and Community Engagement
4. Advocacy and Impact