Webinar 21 match 2024

21 march 2024 at 5:00 PM CET

The 2nd CHANCE Association in collaboration with the Global Surgery Foundation and UNITAR will host a special online event entitled:

Why reconstructive surgery belongs to the humanitarian response in post-conflict and disaster emergencies.

The necessity for an internationally recognized and coordinated response to deploy reconstructive surgery and establish robust health systems following conflicts and disasters is urgent.


According to open sources, there were 50,783 deaths, 297 missing and 107,204 injured across 11 of the 17 affected provinces of Turkey due to the earthquake in February 2023.

On 18 August 2023, The New York Times wrote that “the total number of Ukrainian and Russian troops killed or wounded since the war in Ukraine began 18 months ago is nearing 500,000, U.S. officials said”.
We are accustomed to seeing these statistics in the media reports of disasters. However, what is commonly neglected in these stories is the tremendous need for surgical care of the wounded and disabled long after the disaster is over. 
The above examples are only examples where reconstructive surgery should play a vital role in restoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of affected individuals in the aftermath of a humanitarian emergency, such as natural disasters, conflict situations, or mass casualty incidents.

Here are some key reasons that support the rational for reconstructive surgery in such situations: 
• Restoring Functionality 
• Addressing Physical Disabilities
• Psychological Rehabilitation
• Social Reintegration 
• Long-term Cost-effectiveness 
• Humanitarian Principles 
• Health System and Sustainability 
Following more than 10 years of success in providing reconstructive surgery training in low-income, post-disaster and post-conflict countries, the 2nd Chance Association in collaboration with The Global Surgery Foundation (The GSF) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) invites you to a roundtable discussion on why reconstructive surgery  to the humanitarian response in post-conflict and disaster emergencies. 



Guiding questions

Challenges: What Are the Unique Challenges of Reconstructive Surgery in Post-Emergency Settings?

Impact: How Can Reconstructive Surgery Contribute to Post-Emergency Recovery and Rehabilitation?

Needs: What Are the Key Considerations for Delivering Effective Reconstructive Surgery in Post-emergency Situations?

Strengthening health systems: How Can these Approaches be Strategically Leveraged to promote the development of strong Surgical Care Systems and the overall Healthcare System in the Affected Regions?

Event objectives

1. Share experiences and lessons learned by creating a space for discussion and exchange of experiences among experts in reconstructive surgery and health systems.

2. Raise awareness of the challenges to provide reconstructive surgery care in a timely manner, and the challenges and opportunity to align interventions with a view towards building strong health systems.

3. Promote the need to reinforce and train local healthcare providers and to build a network of professionals ready to support in post-emergency situations.

4. To foster collaboration and networking: This meeting provides a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with renowned experts in the field of reconstructive surgery. We strongly encourage participants to connect, share contacts, and explore opportunities for future collaboration to advance our common domain.

Learning objectives

After the event, participants will be able to:
• Understand the current challenges and opportunities related to reconstructive surgical care.
• Recognise the link between providing reconstructive surgery post emergencies and strengthening the health system.
• Identify the main challenges for implementing training programmes.
• Expand their networks and identify partners with expertise in reconstructive surgery care in post-emergency settings.

Target audience

Clinicians, civil society, government officials, and personnel from non-profit and private sectors who work on, are impacted, or interested in learning more about reconstructive surgery in post-emergency situations, and health systems strengthening.


The webinar will follow a moderated panel discussion style, lasting for 60 minutes. The format involves short 5-minute presentation by each guest speaker to set the scene, with the remaining time dedicated to a moderated discussions among panelists, with additional questions sourced from the audience.


Keynote address