Global Initiative for Children's Surgery

We envision a future where every child has access to surgical care.
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We are working to build safe and effective surgical care for all of the

world’s children, no exceptions.


GICS passionately believes that every child must have access to safe surgical care.

Our mission is to define and promote optimal resources for children’s surgery in resource-poor regions.

We do this by engaging with providers of all disciplines of children’s surgical care around the world.

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We welcome you to the fourth meeting of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery, where we will continue our efforts to improve the surgical care of children worldwide.  We gather providers from all subspecialties caring for children with surgical problems, and we take our guidance from the perspectives of our low- and middle-income country colleagues.  Join us as we develop “Strategies for Implementation.”​

Click here to learn more about the program, the venue, accommodation, and getting to Johannesburg.

Registration is now open! 

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What’s happening

GICS session at WOFAPS World Congress of Pediatric Surgery

GICS Chair Kokila Lakhoo led an inspiring session at WOFAPS, including the following: 1.Introduction--Kokila Lakhoo 2. OReCS--Haitham Dagash on behalf of Emmanual Ameh 3. OXPLORE on OReCS--Kathryn Ford 4. CMC-RCS--Vellore project Vrisha Madhuri 5. Nicaragua--Kokila...

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New GICS website launched!

Merging the old GICS website with that of the Global Paediatric Surgery Network, our new website includes the following new features: Leadership biographies GICS partnerships Publications Past newsletters Events calendar and more With the merging of GICS with the...

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Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgery paper published

Steve Bickler and colleagues have published an executive summary of the OReCS document that was refined by all GICS members, defining optimal manpower and equipment resources for the provision of children's surgery at each level of the health care system.  Click here...

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GICS paper published

Naomi Wright and other GICS members have published an article in the World Journal of Surgery article, summarizing the history and aspirations of GICS.  Click here to read the open source article.

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.@juliomayol #SoMe4Surgery #SoMe4GlobalSurgery @SoSurgery @GICSurgery
Thanks @DVervoort94 !
Let's all keep amplifying the key messages on safer surgery for children

@p_shins @emakasa @GlobalPaedSurg Excited to see @emakasa at #GICSIV @GICSurgery & to see how it will be possible to incorporate #neonates & #children into the #NSOAP pilot in the Copperbelt region in #Zambia in the near future- hopefully it can set a bar for all to follow @p_shins #globalsurgery @JohnMeara @WHO

Advocacy session @GICSurgery well received by attendees @gics kicked of by great presentation from Sara Anderson from @operationsmile and others including @theG4Alliance @DVervoort94 @NKaseje @GlobalPedSurg


@DVervoort94 @GICSurgery I am so sorry I could not be there for #GICSIV but I am so pleased to see what is transpiring due to all the hard work by @GICSurgery we need this strong leadership to advocate for children's surgical and anesthesia care

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