Surgery Can't Be Sidelined

NEW YORK—The effort to end preventable maternal mortality should include safe surgery as a key strategy, advocates asserted at a UN General Assembly side event yesterday.

The problem’s scope is clear: More than 300,000 women will die from preventable conditions during pregnancy, such as a ruptured uterus or obstructed labor.

Some countries—including Ethiopia and Zambia—are developing plans to address the problem, but as moderator Wendy Taylor, former director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID, noted, implementation is the hard part.

One significant obstacle: More surgeons, anesthesiologists, gynecologists and obstetricians are needed, especially in Africa, said Milliard Derbew, president of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa.

The event was sponsored by Jhpiego, the GE Foundation, the G4 Alliance and Safe Surgery 2020.

Source: Dayna Kerecman Myers, Global Health NOW

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