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Surgery not available to two-thirds of world population
May 3, 2015, 9:27 pm

Worldwide, 5 billion people are excluded from surgery that could often save lives or avert disability.

This represents two thirds of the world not having access to safe and affordable surgery and anesthesia when they need it - and it is largely the poor, marginalized and rural people who face impossible hurdles in accessing timely surgery.

Doctors generally deal with either surgical or medical conditions; however, we tend to hear more about the burden of disease from medical conditions.

Yet problems that could have been treated with surgery accounted for a total of 16.9 million deaths in 2010, which was just under a third (32.9%) of all deaths that year, well surpassing the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined.

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