5 out of 7 billion people do not have access to safe, affordable anaesthesia and surgery when needed
Each year 4 times as many people die from conditions that could be treated by surgery and anaesthesia as die from HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined.
This is a tragedy that is almost incomprehensible in scale, but which affects the lives of individuals every day. What if a birth goes wrong and a caesarean section is necessary? If skilled anaesthesia or proper equipment is not available then young mothers die or suffer unnecessarily. What if basic operations, such as repairing compound fractures or removing infected appendixes are not available, unsafe or economically devastating?
In many countries, to allow surgery of any kind to take place, there is a need to provide simple, low-cost, low-maintenance, anaesthetic equipment. However, it is insufficient to send apparatus without ensuring that training is provided. So education is a crucial requirement.
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