The Geography of Nepal’s Needs

Despite expanding Interest in global surgery, particularly the unmet need in low- and middle-income countries, little data exists to pinpoint the barriers to surgical care.

To determine whether surgical conditions vary depending on geospatial considerations, researchers conducted a population-based survey of surgical need undertaken in Nepal. The study, led by Shailvi Gupta, University of California, San Francisco East Bay, showed some correlation between elevation and the prevalence of hernias and fall injuries.

The study marked one of the first uses of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to examine surgical conditions.
Geospatial Health
 

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