International Federation of Surgical Colleges (IFSC)
The IFSC was founded in 1958 in Stockholm, Sweden, but is now based at the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain in London.
Its members are Surgical Colleges, Associations and Societies worldwide.
It aims to act as a voice for World Surgery on problems of common interest and in particular the advancement of surgery in developing countries by promoting standards of excellence in surgical care, education, training and research.
Much of its work is in sub-Saharan Africa where the needs are greatest. It has run 109 skills courses in sub-Saharan Africa, trained a totla of 1,879 participants which include 428 trainers, 768 trainees and 683 theatre nurses.
In 2015 its efforts culminated at the World Health Association in Geneva when a Resolution was unanimously passed on “Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage”.
See report on progress by its President, Robert Lane, to the Technical and Programmatic Working Meeting meeting at the World Health Assembly, 2017.
See more information about its history.
Oxford University Global Surgery Group
The Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG) is a group of clinicians and researchers working together to contribute to the provision of high quality surgical care globally, particularly in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
It runs events and courses and is involved with partnerships abroad.