Global Neurosurgery Committee

What is global neurosurgery?

The clinical and public health practice of neurosurgery with the primary purpose of ensuring timely, safe, and affordable neurosurgical care to all who need it.

Global Neurosurgery Committee Launch


GNC Structure

What we stand for.


Bring together the neurosurgeons around the world to collectively address the unmet need for neurosurgical care.



Universal access to neurosurgical care. 



To align and coordinate all global efforts to collectively address the unmet neurosurgical needs of our patients, whenever and wherever.

Spheres of Influence

Categorizing GNC efforts.

I. Policy & Research

Task Shifting/Sharing

Optimal Workforce Expansion



Information Management

Service Delivery

Essential Equipment Package

Priority Diseases

Integration Science

II. Implementation


Standardized Procedures/ Curriculum

Equipment Program

Training Centers

Fellowship Programs

III. Institutionalization

Dedicated sections within publications

Training of future global neurosurgeons

Global Neurosurgery sessions at major meetings

IV. Integration to Broader Frameworks

e.g. global surgery, global health, SDGs

Guiding Principles for Global Neuro-surgery

For global neurosurgery.

I. Implementation

e.g. training, equipment support

Ensure suitability for low-resource setting

Strengthen local neurosurgical capacity.

Improve equity.

Promote financial risk protection.

Integrate with national surgical strengthening plans.

Empower the local neurosurgeons

Improve safety and quality of neurosurgical services

Avoid creating dependency

Abide by ethical principles

Be culturally sensitive

Seek to collaborate and cooperate with other actors

II. Sessions at WFNS Meetings

Inclusion of the WFNS Global Neurosurgery Framework and Action Plan

Encourage gender equity

Greater than 50% of speakers from LMICs

Maximize attendance from LMICs

III. Research

If using primary data from LMICs, then authorship should be greater than 50% from the relevant region.

Ensure access and dissemination to LMIC readership.

Incorporate LMIC research capacity building.

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