Teams taking action to transform surgical outcomes

Moving the needle on surgical care. For 50 million people by 2020.


Surgery has never been
more important.


Responsible for one-third of the global disease burden, surgically-treatable conditions kill 17 million people each year. That's more than tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS combined. For millions more and their families, the disability, suffering, and financial repercussions associated with surgically-treatable conditions can last a lifetime. Over 95% of people in South Asia and Africa cannot access the surgical care they need (compared with 5% in high-income regions). Whether you're a mother who needs a C-section to survive the night or a child who could lose her badly-broken arm if not treated with a simple surgery, this gap matters.

Surgery is not a luxury, it's a necessity. That's why we launched Safe Surgery 2020.


Our team knows how
to move the needle.


When surgical teams have the power to learn, innovate, and work better together, they perform more surgeries with fewer complications. Safe Surgery 2020 partners identify specific local needs and then engage directly with surgical teams to spark, develop and scale practical solutions that improve surgical outcomes. Our approach asks everyone to scrub in. We are a partnership of ministries of health, academic institutions, nonprofits, companies, hospitals, and surgical teams working together to create a world where essential and emergency surgical care is a critical component of primary healthcare. For everyone.


And we work right
where it hurts.


At hospitals that struggle with major resource constraints, surgical teams do not have the option to back down. Instead, they problem-solve with available resources to save lives. This is exactly where Safe Surgery 2020 comes in. Our programs help those surgical teams to translate their ideas into practices that improve surgical outcomes at their hospitals. We are active in Ethiopia and Tanzania, and we will continue to expand and learn from the experience of countries around the world.


Why safe surgery, and why now?

How does our model work?

Where are we making an impact?

Who is behind Safe Surgery 2020?