In recent years several landmark publications have made the case for Global Surgery as a vital component of universal health coverage, highlighting that nearly one-third of the global burden of disease is attributed to conditions treatable by surgery. Less than 6% of all surgical operations are carried out in LMICs where over a third of the population lives, and a huge scale up in surgical services and workforce is needed urgently. Surgery is a cost effective global health strategy and the economic return on investment is substantial, a staggering five billion people lack access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Group-Surgical Technologies (GHRG-ST) based in Leeds UK was established in July 2017 and, over the next three years, aims to address unmet surgical needs in low and middle income countries (LMICs) through novel surgical technology innovation. The group will utilise Leeds expertise from surgery, global health sciences, surgical engineering and health economics to collaborate with in-country partners, industry and governmental representatives to ensure technology is developed and implemented sustainably.
The two collaborating low and middle income countries are Sierra Leone and India.
The research was commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research using Official Development Assistance funding (ODA).
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