The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery

The Lancet Commission and World Health Organisation  have identified that 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care. In Low and Middle Income countries (LMIC) 9 out 10 people lack access to even the most basic surgical services. An estimated 4.2 million people will die each year within 30 days of surgery – more than from all causes related to HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

A critical need exists to reduce inequalities in surgical care throughout the world. High quality collaborative research and training are essential to improve  mortality and outcomes following surgery for patients in LMIC.

The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery (GSU) is working with internationals partners to establish research hubs in sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian sub-continent, South East Asia and Central America.

The NIHR GSU is led by the University of Birmingham in partnership with the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick, and international partners from the GlobalSurg Collaborative in a range of LMICs.

NIHR Global Surgery research hubs are funded by the NIHR and supported by their academic host institutions.

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The NIHR GSU was established in July 2017 following substantial investment from the National Institute of Health Research Overseas Development Aid funds in response to the Lancet Commission report, Global Surgery 2030 and The World Health Organisation’s Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Programme. 

Surgery can be considered an umbrella discipline; improving surgical services can treat a wide variety of conditions from trauma injuries to obstructed labour, and cancer.  Our own analysis on the global burden of post-operative death has estimated that at least 4·2 million people