Is Global Pediatric Surgery a Good Investment?

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Smith, ER
Concepcion, TL
Niemeier, KJ
Ademuyiwa, AO
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Investing in surgery has been highlighted as integral to strengthening overall health systems and increasing economic prosperity in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). The provision of surgical care in LMICs not only affects economies on a macro-level, but also impacts individual families within communities at a microeconomic level. Given that children represent 50% of the population in LMICs and the burden of unmet surgical needs in these areas is high, investing pediatric-specific components of surgical and anesthesia care is needed. Implementation efforts for pediatric surgical care include incorporating surgery-specific priorities into the global child health initiatives, improving global health financing for scale-up activities for children, increasing financial risk protection mechanisms for families of children with surgical needs, and including comprehensive pediatric surgical models of care into country-level plans.
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surgical care , pediatric surgical care , Child health initiatives , Health systems , Children , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Surgery
Smith ER, Concepcion TL, Niemeier KJ, Ademuyiwa AO. Is Global Pediatric Surgery a Good Investment? World J Surg. 2019 Jun;43(6):1450-1455. doi: 10.1007/s00268-018-4867-4. PMID: 30506288.