Global Surgery and Poverty
Authors: William P. Schecter, Sweta Adhikari
Poverty and infirmity are closely interrelated. Significant improvement in global health is dependent on the economic development of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a more equitable distribution of economic resources, and improved education. Emerging data now indicate that surgery is an essential and cost-effective method of treating a significant portion of the global burden of disease engendered by poverty. The international surgical community has a professional responsibility to address the growing disparity in surgical access and standards through an integrated approach of economic, educational and professional development.