Surgery: Cut and Save

1.5 million lives could be saved annually in developing countries by basic surgeries according to Essential Surgery, the first of 9 volumes about disease control priorities published recently by the World Bank Group.

Caesarean sections are one of 44 cost-effective operations crucial to developing countries as listed in the book.

“There are people who still equate surgery with expensive tertiary care but the data show otherwise,” says Haile Debas, a surgeon and editor of the book. Investing in surgical services has positive spillover effects, he adds, one of which is improving quality of care in hospitals where surgery is performed.  
SciDevNet

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