DCP3 Monthly Newsletter - Issue 14



UCSF Global Health Sciences Hosts Discussion Featuring DCP3 Contributors

University of California, San Francisco's Global Health Sciences hosted a one-day event titled "The Science of Global Health: What's Next?" on October 2, 2014 at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. Event participants learned about what's next in global health from a full line-up of speakers, many of whom are DCP3 contributors. DCP3 Essential Surgery volume lead editor Haile Debas shared the stage with renowned humanitarian Paul Farmer, to discuss surgery needs in low- and middle-income countries.  Dr. Farmer is authoring the foreward for the forthcoming DCP3 volume on Essential Surgery

Insider conversation: Essential Surgery

According to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, more than 2 billion people worldwide lack access even to basic surgical care. Lack of access to surgery can create permanent incapacities, with an estimated 11-15% of disability in the world due to surgically treatable conditions. Panelists discussed what is currently being done to make essential surgical services available to the world's poorest populations.

  • Moderator: Gavin Yamey, DCP3 Communications Technical Advisory Group Member
  • Panelist: Haile Debas, Essential Surgery volume editor
  • Panelist: Paul Farmer, Essential Surgery volume foreward author


Humanitarian Dr. Paul Farmer, DCP3 Essential Surgery volume editor Dr. Haile Debas, and DCP3 Communications Technical Advisory Group member Dr. Gavin Yamey discuss how to make essential surgical services available to the world's poorest populations.

Published in December 2013, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health laid out a bold investment framework to achieve dramatic health gains by 2035. A key part of this framework was the concept of progressive universalism, in which policy-makers commit to include the least well off in their approach to universal health coverage (UHC). The concept continues to echo in DCPN activities; this month, Lancet editors discussed the practical implications of progressive universalism in specific regions while DCP3 volume editors incorporated equity into a discussion of surgical care access in low-income countries. This discussion will continue with the upcoming publication of DCP3’s first volume, Essential Surgery. I look forward to sharing it with you soon.  Best wishes,