Safe Surgery 2020 Expands into Southeast Asia

We are excited to announce our expansion into Southeast Asia, beginning with Cambodia and Laos. The expansion is made possible by funding from the GE Foundation, completing their groundbreaking $25 million investment in 2015 to advance surgery globally.

At the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, GE Foundation officially partnered with Cambodia’s Ministry of Health to strengthen surgical systems through Safe Surgery 2020’s programs on workforce development and targeted innovations and equipment support.

Southeast Asia has one of the lowest levels of surgical provision in the world, with 97% of people currently unable to access safe surgical care. In Cambodia, we are collaborating closely with Calmette Hospital and the University of Health Sciences to develop a training hub that will develop the surgical workforce and accelerate access to safe surgical care.

 At the UN General Assembly, GE Foundation and the Cambodian Ministry of Health sign an MOU to launch Safe Surgery 2020 in Cambodia.

At the UN General Assembly, GE Foundation and the Cambodian Ministry of Health sign an MOU to launch Safe Surgery 2020 in Cambodia.

“Safe Surgery 2020 is strengthening the foundations of the surgical system so that essential surgical care will become safe and accessible. The initiative will focus on building the capacity of Cambodian institutions to continue transforming surgical care long into the future,” said Ann R. Klee, President, GE Foundation. “The Cambodian government is committed to improving quality and increasing access to health care in the country, and GE Foundation is pleased to be collaborating with the Ministry of Health to advance surgical care.”

“We are delighted to be selected as one of the first countries in Southeast Asia to run the Safe Surgery program. It provides new, exciting training opportunities for our current, and aspiring surgeons – it will also further support, and hopefully speed up the roll out of a universal health coverage program in the near-future,” said HE Prof. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Ministry of Health.

“Safe Surgery 2020 complements well the GE Foundation-supported healthcare program we launched in Cambodia in 2009. While that initiative focused on providing medical essentials such as training, and equipment, to under resourced hospitals, this specialist skill focused program offers long-term benefits for our surgical teams nationwide,” said Dararith Lim, Country Leader, GE in Cambodia.

Ashley Eberhart