by Reinou S Groen, Mohamed Samai, Kerry-Ann Stewart et al.
The Lancet, Vol. 380, Issue 9847, pp. 1082-1087, 22 September 2012
Surgical care is increasingly recognised as an important part of global health yet data for the burden of surgical disease are scarce. The Surgeons OverSeas Assessment of Surgical Need (SOSAS) was developed to measure the prevalence of surgical conditions and surgically treatable deaths in low-income and middle-income countries. Their results show a large unmet need for surgical consultations in Sierra Leone and provide a baseline against which future surgical programmes can be measured. Additional surveys in other low-income and middle-income countries are needed to document and confirm what seems to be a neglected component of global health.