GASOC Annual Conference 2019

The Global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration (GASOC) invites delegates to attend their 2019 annual conference on Saturday 14 September 2019.

The conference aims to unite doctors and other health professionals in the fields of surgery, anaesthesia and obstetrics with a shared passion for global surgery/global health and highlight importance of medical technology in addressing the healthcare needs of low and middle-income countries.

The day will be split into two, with didactic sessions followed by a panel discussion and then a ‘hackathon’ where a global surgery ‘problem’ will be posed, and delegates will work in groups to come up with potential technological ‘solutions’.

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Professor David Jayne (Director – NIHR Global Health Research Group – Surgical Technologies, University of Leeds),
  • Professor Jenny Dankelman (Professor of Biomechanical Engineering, Delft University),
  • Ms Adriana Berumen (Medical Device Lead, WHO, Geneva).

The conference will be attended by students and trainees from healthcare and engineering background from the UK and the developing counties who hold a keen interest in improving healthcare in the low and middle-income countries with the help of low cost, affordable, frugal technology.


GASOC is the UK based trainee-led group made up of surgical, anaesthetic and obstetric junior doctors. We are passionate about learning and sharing medical knowledge and experience to improve surgical outcomes in low and middle-income countries. GASOC was founded following the launch of the Lancet Commission 2015 with the overriding aim of meeting the goals set out in the Commission’s 2030 Global Surgery report. We have support from and collaborate with Professor Chris Lavy, Lord Ian McColl and Sir Nigel Crisp.