Approximately 5 of the world’s 7 billion people have no or little access to basic surgical care. Injuries alone cause 5.7 million deaths yearly, much more than the 3.8 million deaths caused by malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined. Many of these fatal injuries could…

Greater access to surgical care in developing countries could prevent 1.5 million deaths a year, according to Essential Surgery, the first of nine volumes in the new Disease Control Priorities (DCP) 3 series. Basic surgeries, such as setting broken bones or delivering…

Safe and affordable surgery is out of reach for 93% of people in sub-Saharan Africa, a panel of experts report in The Lancet. Their worldwide data illuminates the abyss between surgical needs and what is actually available, especially in low- and middle-income countries,…

Even before Saturday’s earthquake, Nepal had significant unmet needs for surgery and access to care. In 2014, 10% of the population required surgery and 23% of deaths were potentially avoidable with proper access to surgical care, according to a new study in the British…

1.5 million lives could be saved annually in developing countries by basic surgeries according to Essential Surgery, the first of 9 volumes about disease control priorities published recently by the World Bank Group.

More than 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, affordable and timely surgical and anesthesia care. 17 million-plus will die this year of surgically related conditions, surpassing the combined deaths from AIDS, TB and malaria. What can save them—and the future of…