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Overview of National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anesthesia Planning

NSOAP Template

The National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Planning Template contains the most critical components of a resilient surgical system

Surgical Indicators Overview

Six essential indicators of surgical system strength covering preparedness, delivery, and finance

Strategizing National Health in the 21st century: a handbook

A WHO handbook and resource for national health planning based on the experiences of the WHO in planning and strategizing health systems globally.

Surgical Care Systems Strengthening

A monograph from the WHO and the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change on developing national surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia plans.

Survey Tools

Published National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anesthesia Plans

To achieve our vision of providing Universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care when needed, the PGSSC is working with several Ministries of Health to develop National Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthesia Plans (NSOAP). This is a national health plan specifically focused on surgical capacity and access in a country - something which has been traditionally not present in most national health plans. 


Ethiopia's national flagship initiative-Saving Lives through Safe Surgery (SaLTS) was launched in 2016 in order to streamline all efforts towards defining a package of essential and emergency surgical care 


Zambia's  National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plan was signed in May 2017, making Zambia a leader in creating and implementing a major policy document focused on global surgical systems

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