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Global Surgery Programme

A landmark report, "Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare and economic development" by The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery highlighted that in 2010, an estimated 16.9 million lives were lost due to lack of accessible, safe and affordable surgery. This figure is 4 times the mortality caused by malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined. The report demonstrates that surgical conditions impede economic development in LMICs (low-income and middle-income countries). Without intervention, surgical conditions will be a major barrier to economic growth, productivity and welfare in LMICs and there is a compelling need for a scale-up of surgical care in our region.

In partnership with donors and other like-minded academic institutions, Surgery ACP started the Global Surgery Programme to enhance regional surgical capabilities and improve patient outcomes by playing a leading role in regional capacity building through the following programmes:

1. Global Health Initiative - Pandemic Response

2. Global Surgery Programme (Capacity Building Beyond Borders)


Global Health Initiative – Pandemic Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has had extensive impact on the health systems globally. As part of the Global Surgery Programme, Global Health Initiative – Pandemic Response received a generous gift towards the development of innovative models of care and research that look into devising better systems to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics. 

There are two key focus areas, namely, the study into pandemic impact to build resilience now and for the future, and innovation and innovative models of care that can be used in this pandemic and beyond. This will also shape and drive informed decisions during a pandemic and address the well-being of healthcare workers and affected patients.

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Response and Outcome Analysis of Tertiary Surgical Unit in Asia

Phase 1 completed: In-depth interviews/questionnaire surveys were conducted with surgical leaders in selected hospitals from 10 low-to-middle-income countries in Asia.


Global Surgery Programme


Surgery ACP plan to introduce a Capacity building Beyond Borders - Surgery Programme to “help others to help themselves” through capability transfer in resource-limited countries. The purpose of the programme is to build a regional network which will create goodwill between Singapore and other countries to facilitate the transfer of surgical knowledge and skills in various surgical speciality fields with the intention of building bridges of cooperation and exchange.

Plans Ahead

We will develop and strengthen our capacity building programs in partnership with selected countries to region such as Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand etc.

Through empowering regional medical practitioners on taking leadership roles, the programme aspires to steer them towards a more self-sustaining surgical medical competencies within their local communities. Additionally, trained medical practitioners benefitting from this programme will in turn train their local counterparts which ensures the continuation of capacity building and capabilities advancement with the partner hospitals.


The core aims of the Global Surgery Programme includes:

  1. Surgical skills set exchange – to transfer surgical knowledge and skills in surgical specialty fields;
  2. Contribution to the global health knowledge frontier – to gain new insights into surgical practices and decision-making in limited resource settings through studying disease load, surgical epidemiology, and relevant regional surgical needs; and
  3. Advocating for safe surgery through tools such as surgical checklists

These 3 aims will be achieved through education/training trips, and regional capacity building through continuing education workshops and clinical fellowship programme.

Education/Training Trips


Increase the number of education/training programs/trips to resource poor region to provide surgical care in countries where the need is great and resources scarce by educating local doctors to build professional capacity in their countries.

​Clinical Fellowship Programme



The Clinical Fellowship program will be in the form of an intensive 3 months, 6 months to 1-year hands-on structured sub-spec fellowship scholarship with the attached departments.

Workshop Sponsorships


The requested funding support in the form of travel grants and/or conference registration for regional participant helps to provide travel support for meaningful participation in these workshops/congresses.

*Due to prevailing travel and social-distancing restrictions of COVID-19, knowledge transfer and exchange will be facilitated through webinars and live streaming technology, online surgical conferences, workshops and live stream surgical demonstrations for continuous capacity building with regional hospital partners instead of physical meetings.