Global Surgical Burden

  • 5 billion people do not have access to safe surgery.

  • 18 million deaths annually could be prevented with timely access to safe surgical care.

  • 85’000 providers get infected annually by patient bodily fluids.

  • Each year, at least 77.2 million DALYs could be averted by basic, life-saving surgical care.

  • Nearly 2 billion people live in areas with a density of less than 1 operating room per 100 000 population; in high income countries, the density is 14 per 100 000.

  • Surgical and anaesthesia care are essential for the treatment of many conditions and represent an integral component of a functional, responsive, and resilient health system.

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Patient Infection

After a humanitarian crisis, doctors often cannot reach areas most in need. They rely on semi-portable structures such as mobile operating trucks and inflatable tents to provide emergency care. These structures require generators to keep the air sterile and depend on adequate infrastructure such as good roads and stable electrical grids.

Even when patients are able to obtain surgical care, lack of sanitation is a dire problem: up to 66% of patients develop infections, tripling mortality risks.


Provider Infection

Not just patients who suffer from infections, with 85,000 providers infected each year, 90% in austere settings. Protective gear is often bulky and expensive, and involves burdensome supply chains.  

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Medical Facility Attacks

In 2016, 418 people died because health facilities were attacked. The impact of this kind of an attack is felt from families to communities and entire health systems. Every hospital destroyed and every health worker killed or injured takes years of health services away from the people who need them most. Stop attacks on health care.

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Medical Facility Inavailability

A lot of patients are lost because of the lack of timely access to surgical care. The first 48 hours are crucial. Most patients with abdominal injuries die before surgical teams get there. The fastest teams arrive 72 hours after a disaster.

In addition, the lack of local medical facilities and expertise are a big challenge for the medical teams in many LMICs because there are no other health structures or specialists in the country to which patients can be referred.

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