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Surgery Lab for Equity and Innovation

Innovation for collective action. Innovation for empowerment. Innovation for surgical equity.

Surgery is now recognized as one of the defining inequities of global health: the poorest 33% of the world’s population have 3.5% of the world’s surgical procedures. Today, 70% of people around the world lack access to safe, affordable, timely surgery.

The growth of Global Surgery has flowed from the landmark Lancet Commission on Global Surgery in 2015 and the growing burden of non-communicable disease, such as cancer, and road traffic-related injuries. Every year, 17 million deaths occur that require surgical intervention to save; every year, 4 million deaths are attributed to HIV, Malaria and TB, combined.

There isn’t a global fund for surgery so we hope to bridge this gap by developing innovations for surgery. The opportunities for digital surgical innovation and huge and have the potential to unlock new limits in surgical, scientific and social research and knowledge.

Accelerating surgical equity for everyone

Surgery Lab is a global network of researchers, specialists, and activists driven by the vision of surgical equity through digital innovation.

We are designing, developing, and disseminating state-of-the-art ideas and technology in the digital surgery space to promote collaborative research, digital literacy, and community engagement. This diverse collaborative includes people in fields including healthcare, engineering, business and design.

Surgery Lab seeks to mobilize experts around surgery equity issues to accelerate and advance access to surgery in low-resource settings. At our upcoming conferences, we will convene data scientists, computer programmers, global surgery researchers, global health specialists, and policy experts to discuss the central role that data, digital health and innovation can and should play in global efforts to strengthen surgical systems.

Join us for our upcoming innovation workshops:

  • December 2018 – University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda
  • July 2019– UK
  • November 2019 – Glasgow University, Scotland, UK

And upcoming annual conferences:

  • April 2019 – MIT, Boston, USA
  • February 2020 – London, UK