How do we make safe surgery part of the global health agenda?
Excluded from the Millennium Development Goals and most funders’ priorities, surgical and postoperative care is desperately lacking across health systems in low-income countries, as I discuss in my TED talk. In a 2008 article, Drs. Paul Farmer and Jim Kim state this problem bluntly: “surgery may be thought to be the neglected stepchild of global public health”.
Research shows that the need is great and growing throughout the developing world with increased incidence of road accidents, infrastructure-related injuries and non-communicable diseases such as cancers, diabetes and cardio-vascular diseases.
So why has surgery been so overlooked as a public health priority? How do we make safe surgery part of the global health agenda? What does it mean to improve access as well as safety? What players need to be involved in these efforts?
This Live Conversation will start on Feb. 23, 2012, 1:00pm EST/ 10:00am PST
Closing Statement from Erica Frenkel
Thank everyone for a good conversation. Perhaps not surprisingly more questions were raised than were answered. Some of the salient points were raised though - is it cost-prohibitive to offer safe surgery? How do you train enough people to carry out all the roles related to surgery? How do you measure outcomes? Whose responsibility is it?
I would welcome the chance to follow up with anyone. Please feel free to email me on my profile page on TED.com.
Here's to safe surgery (and anesthesia!) everywhere, for everyone!