ICS collaborates and maintains links with various International medical organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization (WHO)
The International College of Surgeons is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a non-governmental organization (NGO).
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
ICS-WHO relations emphasize (1) surgery as an integral part of public health and (2) surgery as an increasingly cost effective alternative in public health delivery.
The G4 Alliance is an advocacy-based organization committed to building priority for surgical care as part of the global development agenda. The Alliance is driven by a mission of providing a collective voice for increasing access to safe, essential and timely surgical, obstetric, trauma and anesthesia care as part of universal health coverage. The Alliance provides a platform for member organizations to advocate for important global surgical issues, bringing structure to existing informal partnerships and collaborations within the global surgical community.