Today marks the beginning of the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA). Attended by delegations from all World Health Organization member states, the WHA is charged with determining the policies of the organization and, in essence, guiding global health priorities and recommendations.
Today, two billion people worldwide have no basic access to surgical care. It is estimated that 234 million surgeries are done worldwide per year—3.5 percent of those are done in low-income countries.*
Bringing surgical care into the global health agenda can help save countless lives and prevent unnecessary life-long disabilities in some of the poorest regions of the world. Learn more about global surgical needs by following our blog or using #GlobalSurgery on Twitter to join the conversation.