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Sustainable Surgical Systems and Planetary Health

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September 21
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Add to Calendar September 21 6:00 pm September 21 9:00 pm America/New_York Sustainable Surgical Systems and Planetary Health

SUSTAINABLE SURGICAL SYSTEMS AND PLANETARY HEALTH

Worldwide, an estimated five billion people lack access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical and anesthesia care, resulting in a staggering one-third of the global burden of disease from conditions that could be treated or prevented through surgery. Universal access to safe surgical and anesthesia care is essential to save lives, prevent disease and disability, foster economic development, and support resilient, pandemic-ready health systems.

In the last decade, however, the gap has only widened as the world faces the multiple crises of the ongoing pandemic, growing economic and social inequities, and climate change. The space, staff, stuff, and social support of surgical systems have proven to be critical for meeting these challenges, but advancing planetary health means expanding these services while simultaneously mitigating their significant carbon footprint. Investment in the sustainable scale-up of surgical and anesthesia care offers an opportunity to make dramatic advances in population health, promote pandemic preparedness and system resilience, foster economic growth, and position health systems in low- and middle-income countries to be leaders in addressing the climate crisis.

This event, hosted on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly, will convene diverse stakeholders across the global surgery and planetary health communities to discuss the challenges we must confront and the opportunities we must seize as we pursue health for all—and health for the future of our shared home.

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Harvard Club of New York City
35 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036 United States
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SUSTAINABLE SURGICAL SYSTEMS AND PLANETARY HEALTH

Worldwide, an estimated five billion people lack access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical and anesthesia care, resulting in a staggering one-third of the global burden of disease from conditions that could be treated or prevented through surgery. Universal access to safe surgical and anesthesia care is essential to save lives, prevent disease and disability, foster economic development, and support resilient, pandemic-ready health systems.

In the last decade, however, the gap has only widened as the world faces the multiple crises of the ongoing pandemic, growing economic and social inequities, and climate change. The space, staff, stuff, and social support of surgical systems have proven to be critical for meeting these challenges, but advancing planetary health means expanding these services while simultaneously mitigating their significant carbon footprint. Investment in the sustainable scale-up of surgical and anesthesia care offers an opportunity to make dramatic advances in population health, promote pandemic preparedness and system resilience, foster economic growth, and position health systems in low- and middle-income countries to be leaders in addressing the climate crisis.

This event, hosted on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly, will convene diverse stakeholders across the global surgery and planetary health communities to discuss the challenges we must confront and the opportunities we must seize as we pursue health for all—and health for the future of our shared home.