To improve surgical care and provision in South Africa and though Africa (SA/A), in collaboration locally and internationally, through research, training and transformation of service provision.


  1. Develop, drive and support a research agenda pertinent to the improvement of surgical care and provision in SA/A

    1. This means supporting current initiatives and stimulating further efforts, by mentorship, raising funding opportunities and networking researchers
    2. This does not mean all research output should be by the department or departmental members, nor should silos of research or funding be defended/fortified
    3. Local research, global support initiative
  2. To collaborate cross-border in training and capacity building for healthcare workers of all specialities in SA/A.

    1. It is recognised that in South Africa, through public and private facilities, there is access to experience unavailable in other African countries (or in parts of our country). In addition to population and disease spectrum similarities, due to close connections, exchange rates and governmental relationships, SA is the natural partner for capacity building in surgery and anaesthesia.
    2. Working with the government (NDOH, FWMP, HPCSA) to recognise the importance of this capacity building and facilitate study permits and medical registration for this group.
    3. Experience in training does not have to be limited to Wits or Gauteng training facilities and a breadth of training in a variety of facilities can be possible in some circumstances.
  3. Engagement with NDOH for development of a National Surgical Plan, guided by research and audit, to place appropriate (and excellent) surgical care and provision within access of every South African

    1. Guided by the LCoGS indicators and in collaboration with external offices of national government, leveraging economic and health systems expertise
    2. Using professional organisations to provide input in their own areas of expertise regarding appropriate resources and levels of care (specialist surgical plans for SA)
    3. In alignment with the Vision, enabling such a Plan to be a template for other countries’ National Surgical Plan.
  4. Eventual development of a recognised postgraduate training in global surgery, through degree or diploma, using novel methods of education and engagement