Setting the Standard for Surgery

Safe surgery and anesthesia are increasingly recognized as a crucial element of universal health care in low- and middle-income countries.

Improving surgical care for children, in particular, is a clear asset toward achieving the SDGs. To that end, the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery—a consortium spanning 13 pediatric specialties—has drawn up adaptable guidelines for essential surgical care for children in LMICs.

The guidelines—reflecting the needs as determined by LMIC surgeons themselves—aim to help LMICs advocate for more resources, offer a template to support surgery at all levels of the health system and establish a minimum standard of care.

Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery

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