WFNS-Policy and Advocacy Mandate

Policy and Advocay to advance Neurosugical care in LMICs


  • Patrick Kamalo Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Jogi Pattisapu Pediatric Neurosurgery, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando



atención neuroquirúrgica, países de ingresos bajos y medianos, Abogacía, Elaboración de políticas


Using the specific objectives above, we propose to identify patient management patterns, the resources available, and current outcomes. Methods will be developed to engage local governments by education to increase involvement and identify local optimal care. Governmental agencies and centers will be encouraged to effectively communicate their needs/abilities with periodical audits. Findings will be shared globally (including unsuccessful or failed attempts).

The current WFNS Neurotrauma Recommendations and the Policy Recommendations for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus will be disseminated to local government officials and the neurosurgical workforce.  Improving communication between these two groups along with NGOs to develop traction and further the NSOAPs into various countries will be an initial project of this effort. 

Progress will be monitored using available incidence data, meetings between interested/committed individuals, and governmental resolutions adopted over 2 years in LMICs.

Proposed strategy

Bimonthly virtual meetings are planned to determine strategies and share the proposed work.  Current plan is to have 4 subgroups: 1) local data management, 2) resource mapping, 3) education and effectiveness and 4) policy review and progress.  All members will have equal opportunity to shape the structure and strategy and communicate with various governmental agencies as necessary.