Under the Knives to Save More Lives

Greater access to surgical care in developing countries could prevent 1.5 million deaths a year, according to Essential Surgery, the first of nine volumes in the new Disease Control Priorities (DCP) 3 series.

Basic surgeries, such as setting broken bones or delivering babies via Caesarean section, are among the most cost-effective health interventions in developing countries, according to the book. As public demand for the services is also strong, the book’s editors argue that access to surgery should be a priority on the path to universal health coverage.

Launched at CUGH’s 6h annual conference in Boston, Essential Surgery is the 1st of 9 volumes in the DCP series that the World Bank will publish in 2015 and 2016.
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