Global surgery and the neglected tropical diseases

by Vivek Karun, Peter J. Hotez, Todd K. Rosengart
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 11(9): e0005563 – Published: September 28, 2017

6 pp. 491 kB

At the sunset of the Millennium Development Goals there was a global awakening that hundreds of millions of people living in resource-poor countries lacked safe and equitable access to even basic surgeries. In response, a Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was launched in April 2015 under the premise that surgery is an integral component of a properly functioning healthcare system. The commission aims to integrate surgery into the global agenda and identify strategies to provide quality care worldwide in an effort to enhance “universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care”. The launch coincided with the publishing of their landmark report, which highlighted that an astonishing 5 billion people lack accessible surgical care and that investing in scaling up surgical services until 2030 is necessary and cost effective

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