Global Partnerships

Global Partnerships

Approximately 17 million people die each year from conditions that require surgical care - most in low and middle income countries.

Our Global Partnerships Strategy aims to offer our expertise to partner institutions to assist and co-create projects to improve access to safe and timely anaesthetic care.

We are committed to forging and nurturing relationships with doctors and institutions from other countries. This is why we are working in partnership with health education providers both in the UK and internationally to develop high quality anaesthetic training and standards for doctors and non-physician anaesthetists. We believe that it is important that relationships are two-way – while our expertise can benefit our colleagues based internationally, we recognise that learning is bi-directional, and there is a lot that we can learn from our colleagues in different environments.

The Lancet Commission report into Global Surgery, published in 2015, highlighted the significant unmet surgical and anaesthetic need across the world, particularly in Low and Middle Income Countries. The report says that in addition to the 313 million surgical procedures undertaken each year, it is estimated that an additional 143 surgical procedures are required per year.  When factoring in differences in geographical location, it is estimated that 67 per cent of the world’s population has unmet surgical need.

Working with local organisations and institutions will strengthen international healthcare systems.  This ensures the long-term stability of these systems and increases patient access to safe anaesthetic and surgical services.

We are also increasing our support and engagement with our international members and developing an international network, through which information and learning can be shared across borders and continents.

Advocating for COVID-19 vaccine equity and UK aid funding for LMIC

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has co-signed a letter to the UK government highlighting the need for vaccine equity across the world. 


Remarkable gains have been made in global health in the past 25 years, but progress has not been uniform. Mortality and morbidity from common conditions needing surgery have grown in the world’s poorest regions, both in real terms and relative to other health gains. At the same time, development of safe, essential, life-saving surgical and anaesthesia care in low-income and middle-income countries has stagnated or regressed.

Meara J G et al
The Lancet Commission

BMA Information Fund- Open for applications                              

The 2021 BMA Information Fund is now open for applications, marking the 6th anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The fund provides health information and educational materials to health-focused organisations in low-income countries.

BMA Information Fund works in partnership with Health Books International to provide resources that are tailored to the specific education and training needs of health workers operating in low-resource settings. Materials available include books, online resources, practical guides and tools, DVDs and CDs.

They are prioritising applications that support mitigation and recovery from COVID-19, whether through direct action to combat the virus or restoring other services disrupted as a result of the pandemic. Successful applicants will show that the requested resources will have a sustained and meaningful impact, and support achievement of one or more SDG targets.

The following types of organisations can apply:

  • Healthcare institutions
  • Medical schools
  • Libraries
  • Health-focused non-governmental organisations
  • Human rights and community development organisations involved in local capacity-building 

Please note they are not able to respond to requests from individuals.


THET'S 2021 Annual Conference: 'Power of Partnership, Solidarity in the Shadow of COVID' 7th-8th, 11th-12th October 2021 (Online)

THET and the wider Health Partnership community are gathering for their Annual Conference this October to examine the myriad forms of solidarity across the Health Partnership community in this International Year of the Health and Care Worker, looking to the future, as the UK hosts the UN Climate Change Conference in November and works to define itself on a global stage.

The conference will run over four mornings, 7th - 8th and 11th - 12th October 2021. For a limited time only, they are offering a 10% discount on all tickets with the code ‘JOINUS’.  To learn more and register for the conference, please click here.

The event offers an unparalleled opportunity to get up to speed with key debates in global health and to hear from leading voices from across the health, development, academic and government communities, including Prof Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer for England), Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus (Director General, WHO), Dr Lia Tadesse (Minister of Health, Ethiopia) and Elizabeth Iro (Chief Nursing Officer, WHO) to name just a few. The online conference platform also offers opportunities to network with peers from across the world.



If you have any queries or require further information please contact us via or call us on +44 (0)207 092 1559