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Global health work: Reflective practice and the joy of letter writing

By Saqib Noor I remember lying in a flimsy hammock, hung between two tall raphia palm trees, swinging gently under a glistening African night sky. I Read More

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Creating Consensus on HICs’ Global Surgery Efforts in the Developing World

Today, 830 childbearing women will die from avoidable causes, mainly in the developing world, and mainly from lack of surgical intervention. (1,2) They are among Read More

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WHO recommends 29 ways to stop surgical infections and avoid superbugs

People preparing for surgery should always have a bath or shower but not be shaved, and antibiotics should only be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, not afterwards, according to new guidelines from WHO that aim to save lives, cut costs and arrest the spread of superbugs.

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Investing in Human Resources via Education Is Essential to Improving Access to Surgical and Anesthetic Care Across the Globe

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery published a report on the state of global surgery in April 2015 reporting the staggering statistic that “5 billion Read More

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One Year After Surgery, Haiti Triplets on the Move

Photos by Aliesha J. Porcena / Partners In HealthManoucheca Ketan (center) says “it’s magical” watching her triplet daughters, Marian, Michelle, and Tamar. The thing about triplet toddlers is that they never sit still. Twenty-month-old Tamar, Michelle, and Marian Bernard walk, run, squirm in their seats, dance, and generally create chaos for their parents, Manoucheca Ketan and David Bernard. But instead of being a headache, their movement is a source of constant relief and joy

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Topical fluorouracil after surgery for ocular surface squamous neoplasia in Kenya: a…

Topical fluorouracil after surgery substantially reduced recurrence of OSSN, was well-tolerated, and its use recommended.

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Prioritizing Surgical Care on National Health Agendas: A Qualitative Case Study of Papua New…

by Anna J. Dare, Katherine C. Lee, Josh Bleicher, Alex E. Elobu, Thaim B.

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Hospital Surgical Volumes and Mortality after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Using…

Objective To estimate a safe minimum hospital volume for hospitals performing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

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Risk Of Post-Surgical Death Higher Among Patients In Low-, Middle-Income Countries Compared…

Reuters Health: Death after surgery three times more likely in lower-income countries “How many people survive after emergency surgery is one measure of the quality of care they have access to, and post-surgery death rates in low- and middle-income countries suggest quality needs to be better, researchers say. Using mortality rates within 24 hours and…More

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Tracking perioperative mortality and maternal mortality: challenges and opportunities

Access to surgery remains inequitable worldwide, with 5 billion people lacking safe and affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed.1 The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was convened in 2013 to assess the state of surgery around the world, provide recommendations for improving access, and propose indicators for assessing national surgical systems. A key safety indicator is the perioperative mortality rate (POMR). This is defined by the Commission as the number of all-cause deaths before discharge in patients who have undergone a procedure in an operating theatre, divided by the total number of procedures, and presented as a percentage.

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European Medicines Agency Endorses Gel To Disinfect Newborns’ Umbilical Cord Stumps

New York Times: Fight to Prevent a Newborn Infection Receives a Lift “A gel used to prevent infections in the umbilical cord stumps of newborns was endorsed by the European Medicines Agency last week, an important step toward distribution of the disinfectant in poor countries. … The new gel, a joint venture of Save the…More

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BMJ Report On Global Surgery Draws Attention To Multiple Challenges Of Providing Quality…

NPR: The Improvisational Surgeon: Cardboard Casts, No Power, Patients Galore “…A new report in BMJ Global Health says essentially that surgery has become the overlooked stepchild of global health. The authors say that five billion people lack access to proper surgical care and they argue the world needs to rethink the importance of surgery. ……More

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Countries Should Incorporate Surgery Into National Health Frameworks

New York Times: Surgery: The Neglected Stepchild of Global Health Emily Bruno, medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and global surgery research associate with Harvard Medical School, and Mark G. Shrime, research director for the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School and instructor at the Massachusetts…More

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Erratum to: Inequity in waiting for cataract surgery – an analysis of data from the Swedish…

Originally from:  Erratum to: Inequity in waiting for cataract surgery – an analysis of data from the Swedish…

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