Global Surgical Index

It’s no secret that low-income countries struggle to have up to date surgical equipment, professionals, and resources. But exactly how much does each low-income country struggle – and how much does that struggle affect its population?

GSC is not only looking for the answers to these questions, but also for ways to solve these critical issues.

Today, the world is without the knowledge of exactly what surgical resource is needed in specific low-income healthcare markets. While one country might lack pulse oximeters, another could be short of essential medications. Without this knowledge, global health organizations and charities are unable to know which tools and resources to provide and where.

GSC wants to change that.

By researching what surgical resources are needed and where, the global medical community would be able to stay up to date with where there is a lack of surgical resources and how to help.

There is currently no way to summarize the surgical needs of the developing world. Oneo of GSC’s goals is to create the Global Surgical Index (GSI). GSC aims to survey 35 developing nations and evaluate the need, resources, disability, and death that result from the absence of basic surgery and safe anesthesia. From the surveys, GSC will compile the reliable data on surgical risk factors, outcomes, health systems capacity, etc. and assign an indicator to each nation. The numerical ranking of that indicator will directly correspond with the nation’s urgency of receiving global support to improve the state of their surgery and anesthesia. 

Essentially, the comparative data collected by GSC and entered into the GSI will tell where in the world there is surgical need that calls for the most global attention.

Once this is completed, GSC will release the information to global health institutions and organizations that can provide these developing countries with the tools and resources they need.



GSI will provide comparison as reassessment continues over time.