IGSS2019 attracted 330 participants from 26 different countries worldwide and nearly 40 expert speakers from over 10 different countries. Additionally, 10 scholarships were given to scholars from other low and middle-income countries to participate in the symposium. The conference is unique in that it is an excellent and affordable scientific event in Global surgery, by and for the future of Global Surgery. The IGSS brings together a global audience of specialists, residents, and students; linking participants with global surgery experts with both in-filed and academic experience and public health experts from international organizations and civil society from all over the world, to learn about basic concepts of global surgery, recent developments, and next steps to be taken by both international community and local stakeholders.
IGSS aims to equip participants with the needed skills and connections to make a change in their home countries through capacity building, diversity, and educational programs. It bridges the gap between students and residents, specialists, and other healthcare professionals from around the world, to come up with collaborative and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing global surgery challenges.