Where are we making an impact?


Safe Surgery 2020 currently operates in the following countries: 


+ Ethiopia 

In 2016, Safe Surgery 2020 launched our programs in Ethiopia. Through our investments in Ethiopia, and our local partnerships with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Surgical Society of Ethiopia, Ayder University Hospital (Mekelle), Addis Ababa University School of Medicine, and others, Safe Surgery 2020 partners have:

+ Collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Health to contribute to the development and implementation of Saving Lives Through Surgery (SaLTS), a national strategy for surgery; 

+ Directly built the capacity of 60 surgical leaders and mentors, and catalyzed the FMOH’s national scale-up of a Jhpiego-led leadership program to 1,000 more leaders;

+ Developed a public-private partnership for a medical oxygen plant that will serve the Amhara region, coordinated by Assist International;

+ Conducted rigorous assessment of our programs to understand what works – and what doesn’t - through the work of the Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change.

Trained 527 hospital staff on sterilization and surgical infection prevention across Ethiopia.

At Safe Surgery 2020's partner hospitals, surgical teams have implemented quality improvement projects such as reducing surgical site infections and minimizing the no-show rate for elective surgeries. In addition to the Jhpiego-led leadership program, we are exploring investments in technical skills-building, such as sterilization training and biomedical equipment technician (BMET) training, to further support hospital systems as they pinpoint and address key challenges.



+ Tanzania

In 2017, Safe Surgery 2020 partnered with the Government to improve the availability of safe surgical care. Working alongside the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) and the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), we supported the development of the National Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthesia Plan (NSOAP).

Launched in March 2018, the NSOAP identifies ways to strengthen the building blocks of the surgical health system, bringing together all relevant stakeholders and resources towards a common goal. The plan is structured around six key areas: service delivery, infrastructure, human resource, information management and technology, finance and governance.

Expanding and developing the surgical workforce is a priority for the first phase of NSOAP implementation. Safe Surgery 2020 will be closely collaborating with MOHCDGEC and PORALG to strengthen surgical anesthesia and obstetric teams in the Lake Zone through a targeted capacity building program, as well as tracking success through improved data collection.



+ What's next?

Our team is actively seeking new countries, programs, and opportunities to transform surgery globally. We will keep you posted!