EHS-COVID (380) Impact of COVID-19 on elective (non-urgent) surgery (7)

5 June, 2021

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Thanks Neil for pointing out that there is still much work to be done to emphasize on policy decisions for Essential Surgical Services among other public health services to achieve SDGs and reach Universal Health Coverage.

I'm pleased to share our paper just published on Global community perception of 'surgical care' as a public health issue: a cross sectional survey

I would like to thank all who participated and shared through HIFA our 3 min. anonymous survey to a wide range of 1954 people in 118 countries.

Thanks Dr Gnanaraj for sharing your experience in rural settings and innovative techniques for laparoscopy.

Hoping more HIFA colleagues will share their experiences as requested in my earlier posting about Surgical services and Cancer services during the pandemic [

Best wishes

Dr Meena Nathan Cherian MBBS, MD (Anaesthesia)

Hon.Prof.Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, WHO Collaborating Centre,

Western University, Canada.

Senior Advisor, Global Action, International Society of Geriatric Oncology

(SIOG), Switzerland.

Director Global Health New Challenges:online courses, Geneva Foundation for

Medical Education & Research (GFMER), Switzerland.

Geneva, Switzerland. +41 763837253(m);

HIFA profile: Meena Cherian is Director, Emergency & Surgical Care program, Geneva Foundation of Medical Education and Research, Geneva, Switzerland. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Essential Health Services and COVID-19. cherianm15 AT