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Global development: Committee resources

This guide contains links to information and resources of relevance to ANZCA's Global Development committee. The Global Development committee is "committed to improving education and training capacity in anaesthesia and pain medicine in response to the needs expressed by low and middle income countries (LMIC)".

The Asia-Pacific anaesthesia resources guide promotes key anaesthesia and pain medicine books and journals available online to local doctors in areas supported by the ANZCA Global Development committee such as Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

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The WAME Board of Directors has approved the following addendum to the WAME Statement on Promoting Global Health:

WAME on abstract translations Jan 17, 2020
WAME encourages all medical journal editors to encourage authors to provide abstracts in the language of the location where the research took place and that journals should make those abstracts available to readers when provided. See statement

WebsiteWorld Association of Medical Editors (WAME).
WAME on abstract translations [Internet]. January 17, 2020. Accessed 29 January 2020.


Article from the reference list of the original statement:Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet (London, England). 2009;373(9679):1993-1995. Read the original statement here.

The 2015 Lancet Commission - Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development

The Global Surgery 2030 report (including the great introductory video - shown centre tab on this page) has developed 5 key messages stressing the importance of access to safe affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed.

  1. 5 billion people do not have access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed.
  2. 143 million additional surgical procedures are needed in LMICs each year to save lives and prevent disability (an increase from an estimated 313 million procedures per year).
  3. 33 million individuals face catastrophic health expenditure due to payment for surgery and anaesthesia care each year (plus another 48 million cases of catastrophic expenditure attributable to non-medical costs).
  4. Investing in surgical services in LMIC is affordable, saves lives and promotes economic growth.
  5. Surgery is an “indivisible, indispensable part of health care”.

More information is available from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery website.

ANZCA supports the vision established through the Lancet Commission on global surgery. Universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed.

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The Global Development committee is "committed to improving education and training capacity in anaesthesia and pain medicine in response to the needs expressed by low and middle income countries (LMIC)".

Fellows of the college develop and contribute to variety of anaesthesia and pain medicine programs across the Pacific, Asia and Africa. In response to a number of frequently asked questions the Global Development Committee has prepared information for fellows and trainees interested in working and teaching overseas.

For further information please visit the Global Health page on the ANZCA website, which includes resources and initiatives like:

Latest articles in global development

Last updated: 6 September 2023

Open access articles

Bartovic J,Datta SS, Severonic S, D'Annaa V.Ensuring equitable access to vaccines for refugees and migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bulletin of the World Health Organisation. 2021; 99:3-3a. doi:10.2471/BLT.20.267690

Pouramin P, Li CS, Busse JW, et al. Delays in hospital admissions in patients with fractures across 18 low-income and middle-income countries (INORMUS): a prospective observational study.Lancet Global Health. 2020;8(5):e711-e720. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30067-X

Kayambankadzanja RK, Likaka A, Mndolo SK, Chatsika GM, Umar E, Baker T. Emergency and critical care services in Malawi: findings from a nationwide survey of health facilities. Malawi Medical Journal. 2020;32(1):19-23. doi:10.4314/mmj.v32i1.5

Dobson GP. Trauma of major surgery: a global problem that is not going away. International Journal of Surgery. 2020;81:47-54. doi:10.1016/j.ijsu.2020.07.017

Marun GN, Morriss WW, Lim JS, Morriss JL, Goucke CR.Addressing the challenge of pain education in low-resource countries: essential pain management in Papua New Guinea. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2020;2020 Mar 12.

Pakenham-Walsh N, Godlee F. Healthcare information for all [published correction appears in BMJ. 2020 Feb 28;368:m818]. BMJ. 2020;368:m759. Published 2020 Feb 28. doi:10.1136/bmj.m759

Articles accessible with an ANZCA ID and password

JournalsLal A, Erondu NA, Heymann DL, Gitahi G, Yates R. Fragmented health systems in COVID-19: rectifying the misalignment between global health security and universal health coverage. Lancet. 2021 Jan 2;397(10268):61-67. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32228-5.

JournalsPrasad A. Loyce Pace: equity, solidarity, and humility in global health. Lancet. 2021 Jan 2;397(10268):16. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32670-2.

JournalsLoh PS, Chaw SH, Shariffuddin II, Ng CC, Yim CC, Hashim NHM. A developing nation's experience in using simulation-based training as a preparation tool for the Coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2021 Jan;132(1):15-24. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005264. JournalsLonergan D. I am a Mzungu. Anesthesiology. 2020 Sep 1;133(3):667-669. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003264.

JournalsHenry JA, Volk AS, Kariuki SK, et al. Ending neglected surgical diseases (NSDs): definitions, strategies, and goals for the next decade [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 11]. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2020;10.34172/ijhpm.2020.140. doi:10.34172/ijhpm.2020.140

JournalsMa X, Marinos J, De Jesus J, Lin N, Sung CY, Vervoort D. Human rights-based approach to global surgery: a scoping review [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 21]. International Journal of Surgery. 2020;82:16-23. doi:10.1016/j.ijsu.2020.08.004

JournalsGoucke, RC, Chaudakshetrin, P. Pain: a neglected problem in the low-resource setting. Anesth Analg. 2018;126(4):1283–1286.

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