Essential surgery: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition

Charles N Mock, Peter Donkor, Atul Gawande, Dean T Jamison, Margaret E Kruk, Haile T Debas

The Lancet | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2015


The World Bank will publish the nine volumes of Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition, in 2015-16. Volume 1--Essential Surgery--identifies 44 surgical procedures as essential on the basis that they address substantial needs, are cost effective, and are feasible to implement. This report summarises and critically assesses the volume's five key findings. First, provision of essential surgical procedures would avert about 1·5 million deaths a year, or 6-7% of all avertable deaths in low-income and middle-income countries. Second, essential surgical procedures rank among the most cost effective of all health interventions. The surgical platform of the first-level hospital delivers 28 of the 44..

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