Millions of people are dying from treatable conditions. Worse still, millions are dying from attempting to treat their conditions. Globally, 4.2 million people die within 30 days of undergoing surgery each year. Half of those deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, says a study by the medical journal, The Lancet.
Even with the high number of deaths after surgery, there is a significant unmet need for surgery in these countries as 16·9 million people die from conditions that require surgical care each year. Researchers at the universities of Cape Town (UCT) and Birmingham say that if everyone in need of operation had them, the number of global post-operative deaths would increase to 6.1 million a year, an additional 1.9 million deaths.
It is estimated that two-thirds of the world’s population does not have access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical care.
Despite the surgery patients in Africa needing minor surgeries as well as having fewer complications, the risk of death on the continent is double the global average and it is among the younger generation who are mostly the ones in need of surgeries. Meaning that African surgical patients were twice as likely to die after a planned surgery. In total, 239 (2·1
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