Global surgery: a South African action plan

Keywords: global surgery


Global surgery is the study, research, and practice of improving access for all people to quality and timely surgical care locally and transnationally. This relatively new academic field was kick started in 2015 with the launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery1 and a World Health Assembly declaration that essential and emergency surgical care (EESC) is an essential component of universal health coverage.2 What does global surgery mean to the South African surgeon and how can it improve healthcare provision for surgical conditions within our region?

Author Biographies

T C Hardcastle, Universiteit van KwaZulu-Natal

Clinical Department – Trauma & Burns, Department of Surgery, Nelson R Mandela School of Clinical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

K Chu, Stellenbosch University

Centre for Global Surgery, Department of Global Health, Stellenbosch University and Department of Surgery, University of Cape Town, South Africa

How to Cite
Hardcastle, T., & Chu, K. (2020). Global surgery: a South African action plan. South African Journal of Surgery, 58(4), 176-177. Retrieved from