Global Burden of Surgical Conditions

Authors: Stephen Bickler, Hideki Higashi, Nicholas Kassebaum, Tom Weiser, David Chang, Jan Barendregt, Emilia Noormahomed, Theo Vos


Approximately 2 billion people lack access to emergency and essential surgical care (Funk and others 2010). Most of the need is in rural and marginalized populations living in low- and-middle-income countries (LICs and MICs), where the poorest one-third of the world’s population receives only 3.5 percent of all surgical procedures (Weiser and others 2008). The lack of surgical care takes a serious human and economic toll and can lead to acute, life-threatening complications. In other instances, poor-quality care results in chronic disabilities that make productive employment impossible and impose a burden on family members and society.