For those interested in global surgery or for those wanting to learn more about this topic, the British Journal of Surgery published a special issue dedicated to this topic in January1. The issue covers an array of key concepts ranging from ethical considerations in global surgery to how clinically relevant technologies can be implemented in austere locales. Weiser, et al. discuss innovations that have allowed the penetration of laparoscopy into low and middle income countries. These innovations include sourcing carbon dioxide for laparoscopic insufflation from local soft drink companies, or using a novel wall lift retraction system for performing laparoscopy without the need for peritoneal insufflation at all. Advancing the global surgery platform must be done with careful thought and planning. Steyn et al. discuss the relevant ethical principles as to how mutually beneficial global surgery partnerships can be crafted. The entire issue is well worth your while and may well inspire you to get more involved on an international level.