Cut to the Goals

More than 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, affordable and timely surgical and anesthesia care. 17 million-plus will die this year of surgically related conditions, surpassing the combined deaths from AIDS, TB and malaria.

What can save them—and the future of the sustainable development goals?

“Functional infrastructure, a trained workforce, supplies that arrive on time and processes necessary to assure a mother is saved from postpartum hemorrhage, a child from a perforated appendix, or her father from a fractured femur,” write John Meara, co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, and Nakul Raykar, both of Harvard Medical School. The future of the SDGs depends on “including surgery and anesthesia as partners in healthcare at every level.”

The Los Angeles Times
 

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