Zambia’s Surgical Zeitgeist

Improved surgical care is a gateway to sustainable development, fostering healthy populations, and thus productivity and economic growth, writes writes Emmanuel Malabo Makasa, a surgeon and diplomat working in Zambia.

70% of the global population lacks access to safe, affordable surgery, but pathways are being taken to expand expertise in the field. For their part, Zambia recognized the importance of surgery in emergencies involving life-threatening bleeding, and enlisted Makasa to set up an emergency health response unit, he writes.

And so far, 4 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have developed National Surgical Obstetrics and Anaesthesia Plans, with several more in the works.

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