Title

Pediatric surgery as an essential component of global child health.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2016

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

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.

ISSN

1532-9453

First Page

3

Last Page

9

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