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Children 2017, 4(7), 53;

Surgical Outreach for Children by International Humanitarian Organizations: A Review

Department of Anesthesiology, Monroe Carell, Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN 37209, USA
Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 37209, USA
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Academic Editor: Sari A. Acra
Received: 29 March 2017 / Revised: 17 May 2017 / Accepted: 23 June 2017 / Published: 28 June 2017
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Low- and middle-income countries carry a disproportionate share of the global burden of pediatric surgical disease and have limited local healthcare infrastructure and human resources to address this burden. Humanitarian efforts that have improved or provided access to necessary basic or emergency surgery for children in these settings have included humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, short-term surgical missions, and long-term projects such as building pediatric specialty hospitals and provider networks. Each of these efforts may also include educational initiatives designed to increase local capacity. This article will provide an overview of pediatric humanitarian surgical outreach including reference to available evidence-based analyses of these platforms and make recommendations for surgical outreach initiatives for children. View Full-Text
Keywords: global health; pediatric surgery; humanitarian outreach; missions global health; pediatric surgery; humanitarian outreach; missions
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Kynes, J.M.; Zeigler, L.; McQueen, K. Surgical Outreach for Children by International Humanitarian Organizations: A Review. Children 2017, 4, 53.

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