It’s been a decade since WHO endorsed a 19-item surgical checklist covering everything from patient identity to ensuring anesthetics are on hand.      Research has shown the checklist reduces major complications by 60%. Yet adherence is inconsistent.   Wealthy countries use…

India’s surgical crisis is like a puzzle game that’s “less jigsaw, more Tetris,” says researcher Siddhesh Zadey.    One region with usable operating rooms may lack available beds. In another part of the country, there may be plenty of beds but no blood bank.  Countrywide…

For anyone who performed surgery on landmine survivors, the need to ban the weapon was obvious. We were seeing kids with their limbs being blown off. It’s little different to see a child in need of amputation from a preventable post-surgical infection that got out of…

When the UN convenes its High-Level Meeting next week on universal health coverage, increased access to surgery not only needs to be a top priority for political rhetoric but for genuine commitment.

Globally, injuries kill over 6 million people a year. Surviving catastrophic injuries like accidents or burns can mean a lifetime of pain and disfigurement.    Skilled plastic surgeons can make an enormous difference in quality of life, but there is a global shortage. The…

Surgery might not immediately come to mind as a solution in the fight to end tuberculosis. Certainly, antibiotics are the standard treatment for this infectious disease that affects 10 million people worldwide.

We are thrilled to congratulate Hikmet Ceyhun Göcenoğlu and Beth Ann Eanelli, the winners of the Untold Global Health Stories of 2019 contest.

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

Letter to the Editor Last weekend, the neurosurgery field gathered for the first Global Neurosurgery 2019: A Practical Symposium, hosted by the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center January 18-19.

In India, most kidney and liver donors are women—75% and 60%, respectively. But only 19% of kidney and 24% of liver recipients are women. What gives? “Although the bodies of women in India are policed like international borders, families don’t mind [them] being cut up for…