Title

Pediatric surgery as an essential component of global child health.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2016

Institution/Department

Surgery

Journal Title

Seminars in pediatric surgery

MeSH Headings

Child, Child Health, Developing Countries, Global Health, Health Services Accessibility, Health Services Needs and Demand, Humans, Specialties, Surgical

ISSN

1532-9453

Abstract

Recent initiatives in global health have emphasized universal coverage of essential health services. Surgical conditions play a critical role in child health in resource-poor areas. This article discusses (1) the spectrum of pediatric surgical conditions and their treatment; (2) relevance to recent advances in global surgery; (3) challenges to the prioritization of surgical care within child health, and possible solutions; (4) a case example from a resource-poor area (Uganda) illustrating some of these concepts; and (5) important child health initiatives with which surgical services should be integrated. Pediatric surgery providers must lead the effort to prioritize children's surgery in health systems development.

First Page

3

Last Page

9

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