Philosophy of GICS

Vision and mission

We envision a future where every child has access to surgical care. Our mission is to define and promote optimal resources for children’s surgery in resource-poor regions of the world. We do this by engaging leading providers of children’s surgical care globally, inclusive of the many disciplines of care, as well as organizations whose missions affect children’s surgical care.

Why it’s so important

The burden of conditions amenable to surgical intervention in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is great. However, billions of people around the world lack access to surgical care. Historically, little attention has  been directed to addressing this problem. This state of affairs has resulted not only in significant burdens on patients, their families, and the countries in which they live, but it also compromises the realization of larger global health and development goals.

Who we are

GICS is a consortium of providers, institutions, and allies from around the globe and from a wide range of both LMICs and high-income countries (HICs). We believe that children’s surgery includes all provision of surgical care to children, not just pediatric surgery. Thus, GICS includes all specialties and subspecialties involved in children’s surgical care, such as neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedics, anesthesia, intensive care, radiology, pathology, laboratory medicine, pediatrics, nursing and physical and occupational therapy.

Our approach

GICS is committed to addressing children’s surgical needs by engaging with, and being guided by, the needs and insights of local care providers in resource-challenged areas around the globe.

The aim of the GICS is to bring together providers and implementers of surgical services for children, along with health, advocacy, and policy experts to:

  1. Analyze the current state of surgical care for children in LMICs;
  2. Develop global, regional, national and local priorities to improve the delivery of surgical care for children in LMICs;
  3. Identify and bring together resources to address those global, national, and regional priorities.



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