Global Surgical Consortium Takes Initial Steps to Provide Emergency and Essential Surgery in Poor Countries

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The Global Surgical Consortium held its inaugural fund raiser at the Hampshire House in Boston, MA, last evening. The Global Surgical Consortium (GSC) is a non-profit organization advocating for emergency and essential surgery in poor countries, where 1 in 12 women die in childbirth due to obstructed labor, and where trauma is a leading cause of death due to an absence of surgical infrastructure and insufficient supplies.

The Global Surgical Consortium held its inaugural fund raiser at the Hampshire House in Boston, MA, last evening. The Global Surgical Consortium (GSC) is a non-profit organization advocating for emergency and essential surgery in poor countries, where 1 in 12 women die in childbirth due to obstructed labor, and where trauma is a leading cause of death due to an absence of surgical infrastructure and insufficient supplies.

Founded in 2010, the GSC is actively working to raise awareness about the critical role of surgery and safe anesthesia in global public health. In 2011 the consortium plans to create a database outlining the global surgical needs and to foster an exchange of organizations who seek to build surgical infrastructure, provide education and equipment and deliver care.

GSC Founder and President, Kelly McQueen MD, MPH, said “support for emergency and essential surgery in poor countries is tremendous and will start to drive global change.” Dr. McQueen is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona and a Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

The inaugural event was attended by local and international professionals committed to advancing the surgical agenda. Ball in the House, a Boston-based vocal band, entertained the guests throughout the evening with their brilliant harmonies and contemporary songs.

The GSC is planning future events in collaboration with Spellbound Design and i.e. healthcare. Spellbound Design is a firm specializing in corporate identity and branding, website development and promotional event planning for the non-profit and medical sector. i.e. healthcare creates movements through life changing ideas through the thoughtful application of insights, strategy, creativity and innovation.

For more information on the Global Surgical Consortium, please find us at http://www.globalsurgicalconsortium.org. Surgery … it can’t happen without you!

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