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March 16, 2009

Voluntarism and the Global Unmet Need for Surgery—Reply

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Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2009

Arch Surg. 2009;144(3):289-292. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2008.570

In reply

Let me return thanks to Dr Ozgediz for sharing his and his colleagues' successful experience of the last 5 years in capacity building with a surgical training program in Uganda. Indeed, the need for global surgical care is enormous. As Dr Ozgediz appropriately highlighted, volunteerism and advocacy will be the first steps in this long journey. However, I do want to take this opportunity to present the principles for the expansion of surgical and medical care that I believe to be important as we move forward: