World Health Organization Collaborating Centre Comes to London

Drs. Davy Cheng and Janet Martin

Drs. Davy Cheng and Janet Martin are co-leading a new WHO Collaborative Centre through the Centre for Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity & Clinical Impact at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. They will be studying access to safe surgical and perioperative care on the global stage. The Centre was established following the 68th World Health Assembly passing a resolution on strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anesthesia, as a component of universal health coverage. The resolution designated surgery as an emerging pillar, based on the knowledge that five billion people around the world don’t have access to essential life-saving surgery and 30 per cent of the global burden of disease would be preventable through adequate access to safe essential services like c-sections and orthopaedic procedures in trauma.