We are not calling for access to the most expensive, highest-tech procedures. We are talking about basic surgeries that we want everyone in the world to have access to.
—Dr. Forster Amponsah, a surgeon at Koforidua Regional Hospital in Ghana.
Surgery is overlooked in most portraits of comprehensive global health mainly due to its complexity and the amount of education and training required. A new report in BMJ Global Health estimates that 5 billion people lack access to professional surgical care. These authors, as well as Dr. Amponsah, make the case for revaluing the importance of surgery in the developing world in this NPR piece.