The 2014 Ebola epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa had implications for many branches of medicine and public health, including surgery. Surgeons Sherry M. Wren, of Stanford University School of Medicine, and Adam L. Kushner, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health…

7 million people worldwide die or become disabled due to surgical complications each year. Now a cheaper version of the pulse oximeter—which clips to a patient’s finger to measure blood oxygen saturation and is standard in operating rooms and doctors’ offices of developed…

A hospital in rural Ethiopia has reduced surgery-related deaths by 1/3 in 6 months by following a training plan that focuses on building leadership throughout the surgical team and the hospital, according to a Jhpiego blog post.

Many children in low- and middle-income countries need surgery, but often they don’t get it, leaving them with chronic conditions that impact quality of life and, ultimately, their country’s economy, argue 3 Duke researchers.   In global health efforts, surgery often takes…

It might seem a bit incongruous at first: Isn’t surgery more about medicine than public health—helping one patient at a time rather than intervening at the population level?

New WHO guidelines aim to prevent the surgical site infections that kill millions of people annually and curb the spread of superbugs. To counter the infections that 11% of patients in low- and middle-income countries pick up during surgery, the WHO’s "Global Guidelines for…

New WHO guidelines aim to prevent the surgical site infections that kill millions of people annually and curb the spread of superbugs. To counter the infections that 11% of patients in low- and middle-income countries pick up during surgery, the WHO’s "Global Guidelines for…

In a public hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, physician Anna Budde witnessed an appendicitis patient writhing in pain for 6 days until the city’s lone anesthesiologist was available for surgery. Budde underscores an astonishing statistic: 5 billion people lack access to safe…

In the quest to bring safe surgery to the billions globally without access, anesthesia is a critical, yet often overlooked—and under-funded—element. Mpoki M. Ulisubisya, 1 of just 22 physician–anesthetists serving Tanzania’s 47 million people, urges the World Congress of…

The need for surgical care will surge as climate change increases the frequency and severity of natural disasters, according to a new study published in PLOS.