The Global Need
Finding the Missing Piece
Global health experts identify essential, lifesaving surgery as the “missing piece” of healthcare in developing nations. Over 2 billion people lack access to essential surgery, and injuries treatable by surgery account for more patient deaths worldwide than HIV, TB and malaria combined.
Experts agree that global health leaders have not prioritized the issue as they should, but economics are the primary reason surgery is unavailable.
Surgeons and other medical professionals sometimes avoid working in the developing world because they either are not paid timely or cannot make enough to support themselves, their employees and their families. For surgeons originally from a developing nation, this reality leads them to practice elsewhere—often in the developed world—where stable earnings are a foregone conclusion. These economics cause a “brain drain” of talented surgeons similar to those low income nations experience in other economic sectors.
More information about the need and how Solventas is addressing it is available in the News & Blog section. [LINK OUT TO MAIN NAV: News & Blog]