ICES Gains Support in Resolving the Public Health Crisis in the Developing World With Essential Surgery
Global Experts, Heads of State, and ICES Brief United Nations in call for a “Right to Heal” to improve child and maternal health by 2015
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its ongoing campaign to make 15 essential surgeries available to everyone as a post-2015 goal, The International Collaboration for Essential Surgery (ICES) co-hosted a successful ‘Side Event’ at the United Nation’s Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on ‘Sustainable Development Goals’. The session, held at the UN Foundation in New York City last week, featured experts who examined the adverse impacts and death that the lack of access to essential surgical care has had worldwide.
“Empowering women and children through increased access to essential surgical care”
ICES' founder Jaymie Ang Henry, MD MPH, led the discussion on how the lack of essential surgery is particularly impacting child and maternal health.
San Francisco-based ICES is a nonprofit promoting essential surgery in developing countries. Jaymie is the creator of the poignant documentary that examines the plight of those who did not have access to surgical care, ‘The Right to Heal.’ The documentary focuses on the issue and was filmed in Tanzania, Malawi, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Rwanda, and Kenya. www.therighttoheal.org
More than 2 Billion People Affected Globally
Rwanda, a country of 11 million, has less than 50 surgeons. Burundi, a country of 10 million, has less than 20 surgeons. Malawi has only 5 anaesthesiologists for 15 million people. Over 2 billion people in developing nations worldwide suffer unnecessarily because of a lack of access to essential surgical care. More than half of those affected are women and often because of conditions related to their gender.
Lack of essential surgical care is a worldwide problem that is often hidden from view and is impacting the ability of women and children to fully participate in their economies and communities. Children who are born with severe disabilities are often held back even before they begin developing. They deserve a fair chance to grow, live, and be productive. Women in developing countries disabled by lack of access to emergency obstetric care are often abandoned, outcast by society and denied their fundamental right to live and work where they choose.
By addressing these issues with increased access to the most essential surgeries, many would have a significantly improved quality of life. From closing cleft lips to assistance in obstructed births and managing uterine bleeding, without access to simple surgical care these conditions impede women and children’s abilities to lead healthy and productive lives.
"Empowering women and children through increased access to essential surgical care" was submitted jointly to the UN by the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery (ICES), International Federation of Surgical Colleges (IFSC), and the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI)
ICES’ 15x15 Campaign highlights fifteen lifesaving surgeries that address disabilities and save lives. For more information, visit 15by15surgery.org
About ICES and Jaymie Ang Henry, MD MPH
Jaymie Ang Henry, MD, MPH is co-founder and Executive Board member at the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery (ICES), dedicated to promoting essential surgery in developing countries. She is the Executive Director of ICES’ 15x15 campaign. Jaymie started her training in General Surgery and holds an MPH from UC Berkeley. She worked as researcher at the World Health Organization (WHO) Violence and Injury Prevention and at the Emergency and Essential Surgical Care office. Jaymie is the producer, writer, and director of “The Right to Heal,” a film dedicated to global surgery issues. She is currently a lecturer and course co-director in Global Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.