Editors: Walter Johnson, Yihan Lin, Swagoto Mukhopadhyay et al.
World Health Organization, 2017
Over 70% of the world’s population cannot access essential surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia services (hereafter referred to as ‘surgical system’ or ‘surgical care’). To address the severe lack of access to surgical care, concerned countries must consider national scale-up of surgical systems. In this publication, surgical systems strengthening is described as a three-step process, consisting of a baseline assessment, followed by facility assessments and finally national planning. This monograph provides recommendations and examples for each step of the process.