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Operation Health: Surgery’s Emerging Role in Global Health


2016 Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center Symposium


Operation Health: Surgery’s Emerging Role in Global Health

November 2, 2016
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Sheldon Hall, W1214


A mother dies giving birth. A child loses a leg because a gunshot wound will not heal. A man with a burst appendix walks miles to a hospital.

More than 2 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, affordable and timely surgical and anesthesia care. Many become permanently disabled, and approximately 1.8 million people die each year from surgically treatable conditions.

Recent years, however, have seen an increasing recognition of the dire unmet surgical need—estimated at 143 million operations—and a growing evidence base documenting the staggering shortage of surgical resources on a global scale.

The 2016 Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center Symposium will explore surgery’s place on the global health agenda with surgeons who have provided surgical care in affected countries and trained local providers, and a Pulitzer Center journalist who has done in-depth reporting on the issue.