Surgery has widely been referred to as the “neglected stepchild” of global health. However, we are now in the midst of a movement in response to the facts that surgically treatable conditions form approximately 30% of the global burden of disease and 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care. Common misconceptions, such as surgery being expensive, a last resort and difficult to sustain, have been successfully challenged. To drive the momentum we have gained towards improving the capacity and quality of surgical services, we invite research groups to use this website as a platform to create and distribute surveys on a national or international scale, therefore, building our knowledge and guiding our interventions.

Research, Educate, and Collaborate

Collaboration science is the study of individual, group, organizational, and societal factors affecting groups of people working together toward a shared goal. Teams only create value when they achieve more as a group than individual members would have achieved on their own. Collaboration is essential for all types of organizations (e.g., business, government, education and non-profit) because the problems facing most organizations are of such complexity that no individual has all the relevant information, knowledge or resources to solve such problems alone.

Global surgical surveys refer to the collection and analysis of data on surgical procedures, outcomes, and resources in different countries or regions around the world. These surveys can provide valuable information on the availability, quality, and accessibility of surgical care, as well as identify disparities and areas for improvement. We are in partnership with multiple international societies across the world.

Collaborative research is important for several reasons.

  1. It allows for the pooling of resources and expertise, which can lead to more efficient and effective research.
  2. Collaboration can also increase the diversity of perspectives and ideas, leading to more innovative and comprehensive research.
  3. Collaborative research can also increase the generalizability and external validity of findings, as data is collected from a larger and more diverse sample.
  4. Collaborative research can also help to build and strengthen relationships within the research community, facilitating future research and collaboration.
  5. Collaborative research is also important in global health and medical research as it allows researchers to access to more diverse population and share expertise and knowledge to address global health issues.
  6. It can also lead to better translation of research findings into practice and policy.


The Global Surgical Surveys Collaborative is an international network, based in London, that aims to advance surgical practice worldwide through the coordination of multicenter research studies. 

Our Team

Founded by Professor Mohamed Imam and a group of leading surgeons, physcians, public health experts, and economists from around the world. Its goal is to improve access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical care for people in low- and middle-income countries.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve global health outcomes by advancing surgical practice worldwide.

Our Work

We will conduct international, multicenter studies to answer clinically relevant research questions in surgical disciplines. The global collaborative model will enable us to (1) compare outcomes across countries, (2) investigate determinants of surgical outcome, (3) assess areas of variability in practice, and (4) highlight needs in developed vs developing countries.