Integrating Surgical and Health System Strengthening

Session Date: April 22, 2021

Session Description: Achieving strong and resilient health systems is an important goal of national governments, and this has never been more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic. While advocates of health systems strengthening promote the concept of addressing a system as a whole, in practice, systems thinking is a persistent challenge in global health due to the complexity of managing intersecting issues and fragmented actors. Organized around the six health system components and designed for multistakeholder, surgical system development, the National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anesthesia Plan (NSOAP) framework is a potential tool for conceptualizing health systems strengthening while addressing a focused treatment modality. Panelists will provide background on the NSOAP framework and process, sharing insights from their professional experience in national surgical planning. Using systems thinking tools, they will map major barriers to the development and implementation of these plans, including financing, information management, regional coordination, and governance. The discussion will cover potential leverage points and opportunities for alignment across global health and development priorities. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and synthesize interdisciplinary domain knowledge to tackle these issues.

Session File(s) Integrating Surgical and Health System Strengthening PPT.pdf