Global Children's Surgery

The Global Initiative for Children's Surgery started as a small group of pediatric surgeons (plus two trainees), and has now grown to encompass all the specialties that provide care for kids when they need surgery. The focus is to ensure that all children have access to safe, timely surgical care when needed. Our vision is that surgical care will be within reach of all children.

Kids die needlessly of treatable conditions, like appendicitis, or become disabled from broken bones or burns. They also die or are disabled because they cannot access care for common birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, clubfoot, and intestinal abnormalities that would be treatable with near 100% survival in the rich countries. This happens far too often in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where children are too far from facilities that can offer care, or their families can't afford it, the needed equipment isn't there, or surgeons simply aren't available. In many of the world’s poorest countries, children compose over half of the population.

We believe that providers of surgical care for children in developing countries know best what they need to ensure kids get needed surgical care. Surgeons and anesthetists, critical care physicians, nurses, general doctors and many others have seen the problems and attempted solutions, and are the best ones to recommend what can be done to prevent children from dying and becoming disabled unnecessarily because of lack of access to surgery.

In May 2016, a small group of about 30 providers from developing countries around the world met in London to share their ideas and develop solutions. More information about that meeting can be found here:
We were able to support these doctors (and one nurse!) to share their expertise and ideas in London through the generous donations of organizations, friends, and family. That first stage of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery set the groundwork for the inclusive meeting in Washington DC in October 2016, where the funders will come in and form partnerships to implement the solutions. 

In the time since that first meeting, already three new training partnerships have formed, and the group has developed an optimal resources document. Needs assessments have been completed and now over 40 providers from LMICs are planning to participate in the Washington DC meeting. 

The money you donate now will be used to help providers from low income countries to attend the meeting in Washington DC. Each of the 30 surgeons, anesthetists, and critical care doctors who require assistance with funding needs about $3,000 to cover the cost of a plane ticket, hotel, visa, and food. Doctors in low income countries are poorly compensated, and they will miss work to participate in this meeting.

An initiative focused on all the disciplines of children’s surgery, led by local champions and experts, has not been initiated in this way before, and represents a golden opportunity for global impact in the places that need surgical care the most.

Your support of this effort means the world to us. 100% of the funds will be donated to the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (minus the GoFundMe fee). For more information, please visit our website at

The GICS Organizer Group:

Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS
President Elect, American Pediatric Surgical      Association

Emmanuel A. Ameh, MBBS, FWACS, FACS 

Stephen W. Bickler, MD, FACS

Laura F. Goodman, MD

Sarah Greenberg, MD


Keith T. Oldham, MD

Doruk Ozgediz, MD, MSc

Dan Poenaru, MD, PhD(c), FRCSC, FACS, FAAP, FCS(ECSA)

Benno Ure, MD


If you would like the tax deduction (and no fee) please donate on the American Pediatric Surgery Association Foundation website instead, at . Where it says "Is this donation in honor/in memory of someone?" you should list “GICS.”

Donations can also be sent to the APSA Foundation at the address below. Please designate "GICS" on the check.

APSA Foundation
Lee Ann Clark
One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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