Global neurosurgery: continued momentum at the 72nd World Health Assembly

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Global neurosurgery is the practice of neurosurgery with the primary purpose of delivering timely, safe, and affordable neurosurgical care to all who need it. This field is led by neurosurgeons, and global neurosurgery sessions are now part of every major international neurosurgical meeting. The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) is working to coordinate activities and align all related activities for greater impact. This report updates the contributions made by the WFNS-WHO Liaison Committee at the most recent World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2019. The WHA is a decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), attended by its 194 Member States. The WFNS has maintained official relations as a nongovernmental organization with the WHO for over 30 years, and this year 15 neurosurgical delegates attended events during the WHA. Participation by neurosurgeons continues to grow as many WHA events focused on global surgery have intrinsically involved neurosurgical leadership and participation. This year, resolution WHA72.31, entitled “Emergency and trauma care, Emergency care systems for universal health coverage: ensuring timely care for the acutely ill and injured,” was passed. This resolution provides further opportunities for neurosurgical advocacy as the landscape of global surgery gains recognition and momentum.

ABBREVIATIONS AANS = American Association of Neurological Surgeons; EANS = European Association of Neurosurgical Societies; EESC = Emergency and Essential Surgical Care; FIENS = Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery; HIC = high-income country; LMICs = low- and middle-income countries; NSOAP = national surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia plan; SDG = Sustainable Development Goal; UHC = universal healthcare coverage; WFNS = World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies; WHA = World Health Assembly; WHO = World Health Organization.
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Correspondence Roxanna M. Garcia: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. roxanna.garcia@northwestern.edu; roxymgarcia@gmail.com.INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online January 17, 2020; DOI: 10.3171/2019.11.JNS191823.Disclosures The authors report no conflict of interest concerning the materials or methods used in this study or the findings specified in this paper. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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