GICS' second meeting in Washington DC built on the outputs of the inaugural London meeting. The meeting started with a review of GICS’s preceding work, including necessities and priorities for children’s surgery drawn from pre-conference needs assessments. Concrete examples of barriers to care were delineated through a series of country and specialty-specific presentations from delegates working in a variety of low-resource settings. Opportunities and strategies to learn from, and partner with, other global health organizations and initiatives were discussed, and video messages from leaders at the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross were presented.
The true focus of the meeting centered around defining the optimal delivery of resources for children's surgery across all levels of care, and developing action plans to improve children's surgery across all levels of the health system. The meeting wrapped up with a discussion regarding how to continue our work improving children's surgical care for children.