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Invited Commentary
November 2015

Building Evidence for Global Surgery One Experience at a Time

Author Affiliations
  • 1Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(11):1085. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.1942

The lack of accurate documentation of surgical experiences and outcomes in low- and middle-income countries is significant and constitutes a key barrier in making the case for resource allocation for global surgery to policymakers and global funders. The evidence that supports the importance and significance of surgery in global health must be assembled one experience at a time. The article by Trudeau et al1 in this issue of JAMA Surgery describing the experience of the Médecins Sans Frontières Operational Centre Paris program in the surgical care of pediatric patients is, therefore, welcome. Although the Médecins Sans Frontières Operational Centre Paris program refers only to pediatric surgical care provided in specialized humanitarian settings and conflict zones, it adds to the developing body of published experience describing and documenting global surgery.2,3

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