20 years ago, Evan Atar Adaha was told that pursuing humanitarian work in Sudan was a death wish. 2 decades on, the surgeon is still working around the clock, leading a facility serving 200,000, mostly refugees and people displaced by conflict in Sudan and South Sudan. This…

Sweat poured down Fenol’s body as he writhed in pain on a stretcher in a southern Haiti emergency room. Two days earlier, a motorcycle crash caused massive trauma to his abdomen. His internal injuries had precipitated multi-organ failure and shock, and he had lost precious…

Around a third of the global disease burden is surgical, but relatively little is known about the accessibility to surgical treatments in sub-Saharan Africa. A new study sheds some light, detailing how to better estimate access to surgery and factoring in geographic access…

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,…

ORs are dominated by intricate social subcultures, such as embedded hierarchies and gender dynamics that both fuel and alleviate conflict. A study observing social exchanges in 200 surgeries found there was more cooperation in the OR when the attending surgeon worked…

Spain’s opt-out system of presumed consent for organ donation is lauded for the country’s unrivaled organ donation rates. Other countries are quick idealize an opt-out transition to boost rates, but Spain’s infrastructure and culture are the much bigger determiners of its…

Since the West African Ebola outbreak, a slew of guidelines and a vaccine have surfaced to fight the disease. Right now, a robust response is underway to curb the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s latest outbreak. Yet official surgical guidance from the WHO and the US CDC…

Malignant hyperthermia, a rare complication of general anesthesia, is often fatal without treatment.

In Brazil, a hard-won free health care system for all accommodates patients’ “right to beauty” with low-cost and government-subsidized plastic surgeries. With 1.2 million plastic surgeries a year, Brazil is the second largest consumer of plastic surgery. Many patients say…

The rise of effective medications saw global malaria deaths drop an estimated 60% from 2000-2015—but markets flooded with fake chloroquine and artemisinin are slowing progress against the disease in the hardest-hit African countries, write the University of Canberra’s…