A new report from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery notes that the health and economic consequences of untreated surgical conditions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have gone unrecognized for many years (Meara JG et al. Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60160-X [published online April 26, 2015]). According to research cited in the report, an estimated 16.9 million lives were lost in 2010 alone due to conditions requiring surgical care, with the burden of untreated surgical conditions being the highest in LMICs.
Friedrich MJ. Worldwide Disparities in Surgical Care. JAMA. 2015;313(23):2311. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6441