Operational Imbalance

Women in poor, war-torn countries might be less likely than men to receive surgery, according to a new study published in Surgery.

Men received almost 70% of nearly 50,000 operations Médecins Sans Frontières performed in 12 war-torn African and Middle Eastern countries between 2008 and 2014, reports Sherry Wren, professor and vice chair of surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and her colleagues. The imbalance persisted even when looking past surgery related to violent trauma; men also received 73% of other surgeries, such as for burns and vehicle accidents.
 
“Working in low-income countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, it has become obvious to me that women are underrepresented in the hospitals … We don’t know causality here. My hypothesis is we’re looking at a societal judgment about how women are valued,” Wren said.
 
Source: Reuters

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