Step It Up, India

Little attention is paid to the public provision of surgery in modern India, even though it’s a cost-effective method of improving health care, note Sristi Sharma and Joshua Ng-Kamstra of Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change.

In 2010, there were 72,000 people who died because of acute abdominal conditions like peptic ulcers and hernias that need urgent surgery. Of these deaths, 87% occurred in rural areas, according to research that analyzed data from the longitudinal Million Death Study.

Change will require a political commitment to strengthening health systems, targeted financing for surgery and anesthesia, and a well-developed National Surgical Plan, Sharma and Ng-Kamstra say.
The Huffington Post Blog

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