From 14th to 15th October 2013, 2nd Chance attended in Port of Spain, the 5th World Health Organisation Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Care. The meeting chaired by the Health Minister of Trinidad and Tobago took place over two days offering ten plenary sessions and two working groups.
After the Welcome and Opening Session, WHO presented Global and Country activities regarding its programs of surgical care. The Emergency and Essential Surgical Care will be integrated to WHO Division of Strenghening Service Delivery. This is considered as a very positive point which shall facilitate integrating surgical care into National Health programs.
Presentations of the AFRO regions were of interested to 2C. The analysis is known : most African countries are greatly lacking trained staff not only in surgery but in anesthesiology. Technical means are also very basic.
WHO develops tools to promote quality surgical care as part of public health system. It should not be considered as a technical speciality.
The main elements of the program are :
- Quality & Safety
- Education & Training
- Policy and Plans
All these elements are relevant to 2nd Chance which uses them in its operational planing.