Global Surgery Chapter II: Expansion of surgical services
Posted in Lectures on 3 April 2020
Silvia Valverde, MD
Hospital Clinic, Barcelona (Spain)
Expansion of surgical services in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) is currently a major need. Surgical disease carries a great morbidity and Mortality. The majority of the world’s population does not currrently have access to surgical care, and 5 billion people lack basic surgical assistance.
Trauma, neoplasms, digestive disorders and childbirth (maternal and neonatal) are some of the main surgical conditions causing a cumulative domestic product lost in LMIC that is expected to increase to trillions of US dollars in the next 10 years.
Geographical access to surgery and well-resourced hospitals is a determinant factor for reducing mortality related to acute abdominal conditions.
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