World Health Assembly passes resolution

Resolution "Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage" has passed.         

In an important development for anaesthesia, the 68th World Health Assembly has passed resolution A68/31 "Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia in context of universal health coverage".


A number of significant publications were released in the lead up to World Health Assembly’s consideration of the resolution including:

  • The Lancet Commission on Globally Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development. 
  • The Essential Surgical Volume of Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition.  

Both publications support the need for improved access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed, presenting a range of evidence, indicators and improvements. 


More information is available from the College's Overseas Aid webpage.


The College has written to Mr Martin Bowles, Secretary, Department of Health Australia’s representative to the World Health Assembly in support a copy of this correspondence is available from the College’s Advocacy webpage.


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