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This article outlines the global surgery activities held at the 66th Annual International Meeting of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) in 2019. For the first time BAPS introduced a plenary session on global surgery. Topics that were covered include management of birth defects in Low-Middle Income Countries (LMIC), mostly gastroschisis, and community-based involvement in children's surgery, knowing that 2.5 billion children worldwide do not have access to surgical care. The presentation on financial burden for families with children needing surgical care highlighted the route to poverty in the absence of governmental support. The Hugh Greenwood lecture covered the involvement of a global organisation, namely Global Initiative for Children's Surgery (GICS) advocating and working towards children's surgery, as this was ignored at the Lancet Commission held in 2015. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level V.

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J Pediatr Surg

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British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, Global surgery, Low–middle income countries