5 BILLION

PEOPLE LACK ACCESS TO SAFE, AFFORDABLE SURGICAL CARE - MANY  OF  THEM CHILDREN. 

BUT THERE'S A LOT WE CAN DO.

THE GLOBAL SURGERY CHALLENGE

One way of measuring access to surgery is to measure the number of surgeons per 1,000,000 people. The map above uses data from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery to plot the rate of surgeons per 100,000 people (log transformed). Countries in dark red have the lowest access to surgical care. 

ACCESS TO SURGICAL CARE VARIES GREATLY  BY COUNTRY AND REGION, AND IS OFTEN NEGLECTED AMONG GLOBAL HEALTH PRIORITIES. 

THE REALITY IS THAT MANY SURGICAL TREATMENTS SAVE LIVES AND ARE COST-EFFECTIVE.

OUR RESPONSE

#1: IDENTIFY CHILDREN IN NEED 

We work with our partners to screen and identify candidates for surgery in the areas of orthopedics, cardiology, general surgery, and more.

#2 REVIEW
THEIR CASE

Cases are reviewed by our medical committee to determine scope and identify avenues for treatment.

#3 CONNECT WITH A PROVIDER

Once accepted, CSI staff work to find a provider at home or in the US who can provide the surgery.

#4 COVER "LAST MILE" COSTS

CSI then works in each case to cover  the "last mile" costs - often things like lodging and transportation, but also the direct cost of the surgery itself.

THE TRUTH ABOUT SURGERY

SURGERY IS ESSENTIAL 

Surgery is critical to providing universal access to pediatric health care. Roughly 30% of the global burden of disease can be treated through surgery. 

SURGERY IS
COST-EFFECTIVE

The idea that surgery is "too expensive" is a myth. In fact, many surgeries are comparable  to many vaccination and other public health programs in cost-effective studies

SURGERY
PROMOTES GROWTH

When families and children are relieved of disability, disease, and the economic burden of a treatable conditions, they are able to go to school, work, and contribute to their communities.

TREATING MORE CHILDREN EACH YEAR

In 2019 we finished with a record 694 surgeries completed, for a total of 4,619 surgeries since we started nearly 20 years ago. And we're just getting started.

Our children are treated in countries all over the world. See our "Children Treated by Country" graphic to see where they were treated in 2019. 

Want to help us beat our goals for 2020 and beyond? Support our work with a donation today.

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