On December 9, 2016, the following document was presented to Dr. Walter Johnson of the World Health Organization in Bogota, Colombia.
The launch was attended by (from L to R) Andres Rubiano, Meena Cherian, Vice-Minister of Health of Colombia, Enrique Osorio, Franco Servadei, Andrew Maas, Water Johnson, and Kee Park
The Bogota Declaration on Global Neurosurgery
- In 2015 the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery reported that 5 billion people currently lack access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical care when needed and that up to “143 million additional surgeries are needed each year to save lives and prevent disability.”
- Most of the unmet need is in low- and middle-income countries.
- A preliminary assessment of the unmet neurosurgical care is alarming:
- World Bank estimates in Sub-Saharan Africa show that currently only 11.8% of neurosurgical demand is being met and an additional 1.3 million neurosurgical procedures are needed annually.
- The current neurosurgical workforce for Africa represents, at most, 5% of expected number of 1 neurosurgeon per 100,000.
- Only 42% of African countries and 75% of Latin America offer in-country training of neurosurgeons.
- We affirm the inherent responsibility for providing neurosurgical care to all who need it lies with the global community of neurosurgeons.
We therefore hereby declare Global Neurosurgery as the collective and unified effort in improving all aspects of neurosurgical care whenever and wherever it is needed.
We call on the neurosurgeons as well as their professional societies of the world and related stakeholders to take urgent coordinated action to lead and address the unmet global neurosurgical need.
We ask neurosurgeons and related stakeholders in delivering neurosurgical care to support this declaration by signing your names HERE. Please include your institution if appropriate.
Kee B. Park
Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School (USA)
NEURONproject, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto (CANADA)
President of the Colombian Association of Neurosurgery, Chair, Spine Chapter, WFNS (COLOMBIA)
Andrés M Rubiano
President, Colombian Trauma Association, Vice Chair, Neurotrauma Chapter FLANC (COLOMBIA)
Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School (USA)
Vanderbilt University (USA)
The Catholic University of Korea, President, Asiana-Oceana Neurotrauma Society (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)
Maria F. Jimenez
Vice President, Colombian Association of Surgery, Chair, XIV Region, COT-ACS (COLOMBIA)
Royal Adelaide Hospital, Neurotrauma Committee, Asian Australasian Congress of Neurological Surgeons(AUSTRALIA)
Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld
The Alfred Hospital, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons(AUSTRALIA)
Scientist & Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University (USA)
P. David Adelson
Director, Barrow Neurosciences Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (USA)
Scientist, Barrow Neurosciences Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (USA)
Professor of Anesthesiology, Christian Medical College (INDIA)
Juan C. Puyana
Director, Global Health Office at Surgery Department – UPMC (USA)
Professor of Neurosurgery, Denver Medical Center – Co-Chair, Ethics & Legal Committee WFNS (USA)
Professor of Neurosurgery (PAKISTAN)
Russell J. Andrews
Neurosurgeon, Newsletter Editor, WFNS (USA)
Neurosurgeon, Preah Kossamak Hospital (CAMBODIA)
Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld
Neurosurgeon, Director Monash Institue of Medical Engineering (AUSTRALIA)
Meharry Medical College (USA)
National Yang Ming University (TAIWAN)
University of California-Los Angeles (USA)
Oklahoma University Medical Center (USA)
Erbil Teaching Hospital (IRAQ)
Zagazig University Hospital (EGYPT)
Queen Elizabeth Hospital(HONG KONG)
Clínica Universitaria de Puerto Montt (CHILE)
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (SPAIN)
Asan Medical Center(REPUBLIC OF KOREA)
Henry Ford Hospital, Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery (USA)
University of New South Wales (AUSTRALIA)
University of Witwatersrand (SOUTH AFRICA)
Amos Olufemi Adeleye
University of Ibadan (NIGERIA)
Francisco Alberto Vilegas Lopez
Hospital Juárez de México (MEXICO)
Hospices civils de Lyon (FRANCE)
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children(UNITED KINGDOM)
Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester (USA)
Angeles G. Kolias
Clinical Lecturer in Neurosurgery, Addenbrooke’s Hospital & University of Cambridge (UNITED KINGDOM)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (USA)
Elribat University Hospital (SUDAN)
Medical University of Vienna (AUSTRIA)
Aliyu Baba Ndajiwo
Windsor University School of Medicine, St. kitts.
University of Leicester Medical School (UNITED KINGDOM)
King AbdulAziz Medical City, Riyadh. (SAUDI ARABIA)
Academic Clinical Fellow in Neurosurgery, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Cambridge.