Our mission is to improve surgical care in developing countries through supporting collaborative research, educational exchange, and program implementation.

An estimated 234 million operations are performed annually, but the quality of care for surgical patients varies widely. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by the year 2020, injuries due to road traffic accidents alone will far exceed the impact of HIV, TB and malaria – diseases that currently receive the bulk of public health funding. It is estimated that without adequate surgical services, 10% of a country’s population will die from injuries and 5% of pregnancies will result in maternal death. A woman with breast cancer in the United States has an estimated 89% chance of surviving five years; in sub-Saharan Africa, a woman with breast cancer has a 32% chance, appropriate surgical intervention being one of the key differences in those survival rates.

The challenges to improving surgical services in the developing world are multiple, with reliable data to inform policy decisions and adequate surgical services both lacking. Understanding of the patterns of surgical disease and barriers to access in the developing world will improve and save lives immediately and in the long term.

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