Journal article

Innovative financing to fund surgical systems and expand surgical care in low-income and middle-income countries

Che L Reddy, Alexander W Peters, Desmond Tanko Jumbam, Luke Caddell, Blake C Alkire, John G Meara, Rifat Atun

BMJ Global Health | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

Strong surgical systems are necessary to prevent premature death and avoidable disability from surgical conditions. The epidemiological transition, which has led to a rising burden of non-communicable diseases and injuries worldwide, will increase the demand for surgical assessment and care as a definitive healthcare intervention. Yet, 5 billion people lack access to timely, affordable and safe surgical and anaesthesia care, with the unmet demand affecting predominantly low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Rapid surgical care scale-up is required in LMICs to strengthen health system capabilities, but adequate financing for this expansion is lacking. This article explores the criti..

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