Global Surgery Infographic: The World’s Poorest Third Receive Only 3.5% of all Surgeries

3.5 Percent of all Surgeries

Global surgery infographic

According to the World Health Organization, the world’s poorest third receive only 3.5% of all surgeries performed worldwide. Paul Farmer calls surgery “the neglected stepchild of global health” because while it remains a cost-effective and core part of primary care, misconceptions abound. The facts are that 1 in 10 people every year are killed by injuries alone. Many of these fatalities are primary breadwinners—and access to surgical care is a necessity for reducing the injury mortality rate.1

500,000 women die each year in childbirth

“Although disease treatable by surgery remains a ranking killer of the world’s poor, major financers of public health have shown that they do not regard surgical disease as a priority even though, for example, more than 500,000 women die each year in childbirth; these deaths are largely attributable to an absence of surgical services and other means of stopping post-partum hemorrhage.”2

In an effort to prevent some of these needless deaths, Samahope has partnered with Wangmo Thapa—a skilled birth attendant in rural Nepal. Wangmo’s mother died giving birth to her baby brother, which is what spurred her toward maternal health.

Read more about Wangmo on her Samahope page and help her put a dent in childbirth mortality rates.

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Zac Halbert posted this on November 27, 2013