Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine COVID-19 seminar series: COVID and surgical, anesthetic and obstetric care

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Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine COVID-19 seminar series: COVID and surgical, anesthetic and obstetric care


JournalBMC Proceedings
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – Sep – 2021
Authors – Elizabeth Miranda, John G. Meara, Alaska Pendleton, Alexander W. Peters, Vatshalan Santhirapala, Nabeel Ashraf, Nivaldo Alonso, Sadoscar Hakizimana, Abebe Bekele, Kee B. Park & Paul Farmer
Keywordscovid-19, Global health security, surgery, Surgical healthcare
Open access – Yes
SpecialityAnaesthesia, General surgery, Health policy, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on October 2, 2021 at 8:41 pm
Abstract:

On May 21, 2020, the Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) hosted a webinar as part of the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine’s COVID-19 webinar series. The goal of PGSSC’s virtual webinar was to share the experiences of surgical, anesthesia, and obstetric (SAO) providers on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic, from both high-income countries (HICs), such as the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Providers shared not only their experiences delivering SAO care during this global pandemic, but also solutions and innovations they and their colleagues developed to address these new challenges. Additionally, the seminar explored the relationship between surgery and health system strengthening and pandemic preparedness, and outlined the way forward, including a roadmap for prioritization and investment in surgical system strengthening. Throughout the discussion, other themes emerged as well, such as the definition of elective surgery and its implications during a persistent global pandemic, the safe and ethical reintroduction of surgical services, and the social inequities exposed by the stress placed on health systems by COVID-19. These proceedings document the perspectives shared by participants through their invited lectures as well as through the panel discussion at the end of the seminar.

OSI Number – 21270

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