Surgery's Oft-Overlooked Ingredient

In the quest to bring safe surgery to the billions globally without access, anesthesia is a critical, yet often overlooked—and under-funded—element.

Mpoki M. Ulisubisya, 1 of just 22 physician–anesthetists serving Tanzania’s 47 million people, urges the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists, meeting soon in Hong Kong, to highlight the challenges anesthesiologists face delivering care in low-resource settings, including unreliable electricity and a lack of access to medical oxygen.

Warning that surgically treatable conditions will remain leading causes of death unless we do better, Ulisubisya identifies priority needs as training, improved supply chains and better equipment, along with spare parts and trained service technicians.
The Lancet Global Health

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