Global Neurosurgery Assimilation into the Global Surgery Movement
In 2019, the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) created the Global Neurosurgery Committee (GNC). The GNC’s Global Action Plan is comprised of 5 objectives: 1) amplifying access to neurosurgical care, 2) aligning global neurosurgical activity, 3) advancing relevant research, especially from low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) authors, 4) assimilating neurosurgical capacity building into surgical systems planning and 5) advocating for (neuro)surgical care within universal health coverage. The goal to assimilate global neurosurgery (GNS) into surgical system planning is further divided into 2 specific goals for 2021: 1) Increasing participation of neurosurgeons in >50% of efforts to strengthen national surgical systems, and 2) increasing the rate of participation by neurosurgeons in major global surgery conferences by >20%. In this paper, the importance of the assimilate objectives will be reviewed, current progress towards the first Assimilate objective will be highlighted, and next steps will be discussed.