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.  

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