Intro to the Series Burns cause an estimated 180,000 deaths each year, yet they rarely rate a significant spot on the global health agenda.

In Part I of GHN's Exclusive 3-part special series on burns in Nepal—the Untold Global Health Story of 2017—Joanne Silberner profiles the efforts of surgeon Shankar Man Rai to help forgotten patients in Nepal.

NEW YORK—In the quest to end preventable maternal mortality, safe surgery deserves greater attention as a key strategy, said advocates gathered at a UN General Assembly side event yesterday at the Roosevelt Hotel.


The surgical needs of poor countries—especially in OB/GYN and orthopedics—match up poorly to the skills of altruistic US-trained general surgeons most eager to volunteer, a new paper in World Journal of Surgery shows.

5 billion people—5 out of every 7 people worldwide—cannot access safe anesthesia and safe surgery, according to Julian Gore-Booth, CEO of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA).

Worldwide, 5 out of 7 human beings are without access to safe, affordable surgical care, according to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.   

A superbug outbreak that killed 20 people and seriously sickened 350 is being blamed on defects in the Olympus duodenoscope, a flexible tube used to reach the small intestine through the mouth.   Despite knowing the device was impossible to completely disinfect, Olympus…

While volunteering in a Tanzanian hospital in 2006, brain surgeon Dilantha Ellegala saw a need to reduce the dependency on visiting foreign doctors. So he decided to teach brain surgery to a non-physician.   Assistant medical officer Emmanuel Mayegga accepted the challenge…

Women in poor, war-torn countries might be less likely than men to receive surgery, according to a new study published in Surgery.