Until recently, surgery was not recognised as a significant contributor to the global disease burden and was not a top priority in the eyes of global public health agencies.
But estimates from The Lancet claim that five billion people lack access to safe and affordable surgical serves.
We need to change this. Watch our video on how and why:
"All roads lead to universal health coverage, from emergency preparedness to gender equality to SDGs.
As stated in WHA68.15, surgical capacity is an essential part of universal health coverage and our political commitment and programs must reflect that."
-Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General