Resource Mobilization for Global Surgery: Lessons Learned From US Government Appropriations Advocacy

Megan E. Bouchard*, Natalie Sheneman, Lismore Nebeker, Michael Nebeker, Matthew T. Hey, Laura Hoemeke, HE Jimmy Kolker, Fizan Abdullah

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The US Agency for International Development (USAID) receives directives and funding through the appropriation process, though until recently, global surgery was not included in its mission. Nevertheless, an estimated five billion people lack access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical care, in large part due to lack of economic resources. Using coalition-based advocacy, the G4 Alliance successfully developed and submitted language that was incorporated into the 2020 Appropriations report language, directing USAID to financially support global surgery. This has significant implications for global surgical investment, yet few advocates are aware of the 2020 Appropriations language, let alone how they can utilize it now to advance global surgery in their respective countries. Here, we describe how advocates navigate the US appropriations process and the ways USAID funds are obtained for the purposes of global health. We also highlight the importance of coalition-based advocacy and provide guidance in how to increase success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Surgeon
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • advocacy
  • global surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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