Sufficient treatment capacity during pandemics like COVID-19 saves lives. The idea behind “flattening the curve” is to keep the number of sick patients below the existing capacity for treatment. 

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children,” said Nelson Mandela at the 2002 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children. 1.3 billion children around the world lack access to surgical and anesthesia care.

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.