A Starting Point for Scaling Up

With evidence mounting on the importance of surgical capacity to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), lymphatic filariasis (LF) and trachoma are 2 prime examples.
Together, these 2 NTDs with surgical comorbidities result in more than 2.3 million years lost from disability. Vivek Karun, Peter J. Hotez, and Todd K. Rosengart make the case to close this gap in concert with the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.
The challenge is 2-fold, they explain: clear a backlog of cases, and shore up funding to build a sustainable system at existing facilities. That would mark a key step toward the goal of universal surgical access, they write.
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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