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A Global Surgery Satellite Session at CUGH2022

Join global health leaders at a free CUGH session to discuss the challenges and solutions facing the global surgical community.

Now More than Ever: The Essential Role of Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia (SOTA) Care in Advancing Global Health

Time: Tues 22nd March 2022 – 09:00-12:00 PDT

Free registration:

Access to safe anaesthesia and surgical care is recognised as vital to realising Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Even pre-COVID, over 5 billion people were without access to this essential care. As the world’s health systems attempt to recover and look beyond COVID, how can we build back better to ensure more people are able to access the care they need?

Join global thought-leaders and practitioners across three stand-alone but interlinked topics, to explore the causes of this ongoing crisis and to discuss how the global health community can work to improve and strengthen surgical, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia (SOTA) services the world over.  

Topic 1- SOTA and UHC: Current challenges and achieving the SDGs.

Moderator: Walt Johnson (Loma Linda University, US)


  • Emmanuel Makasa  (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
  • Kathryn Chu (University of the Stellenbosch, South Africa)
  • Mark G Shrime (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland)

Topic 2 – The role of diverse stakeholders in strengthening SOTA care.

Moderators :Shreenik Kundu (PGSCC, US) and Sarah Hill (PGSCC, US)


  • Kee Park (PGSCC, US)
  • Minister Iferemi Waqainabete(Ministry of Health, Fiji)
  • Liz McLeod (WHO- WPRO, Australia)

Topic 3 – Sustainability for Effective SOTA Care

Session Moderator : Adrian Gelb (WFSA and UCSF)


  • Jodi Sherman (Yale School of Medicine, US) 
  • Bisola Onajin-Obembe (WFSA and University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
  • Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete (Minister of Health, Fiji)
  • Teri Reynolds (WHO) 

Session organised by:

  • World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists
  • G4 Alliance
  • Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School
  • UCSF
  • University of California Irvine
  • Loma Linda University