Progress in Global Surgery; Comment on “Global Surgery – Informing National Strategies for Scaling Up Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Document Type : Commentary


Institute for Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA


Impressive progress has been made in global surgery in the past 10 years, and now serious and evidence-based national strategies are being developed for scaling-up surgical services in sub-Saharan Africa. Key to achieving this goal requires developing a realistic country-based estimate of burden of surgical disease, developing an accurate estimate of existing need, developing methods, rigorously planning and implementing the plan, and scaling-up essential surgical services at the national level.


Main Subjects

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Volume 7, Issue 11
November 2018
Pages 1056-1057
  • Receive Date: 28 June 2018
  • Revise Date: 23 July 2018
  • Accept Date: 23 July 2018
  • First Publish Date: 01 November 2018