Beyond technology: review of systemic innovation stories in global surgery

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Beyond technology: review of systemic innovation stories in global surgery


JournalJournal of Public Health and Epidemiology
Publication date – Sep – 2020
Authors – Xiya Ma, Hannah S. Thomas, Ulrick Sidney Kanmounye
KeywordsGlobal surgery; innovation; low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)
Open access – Yes
SpecialityOther
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on October 12, 2020 at 10:14 pm
Abstract:

Since the launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCOGS) in 2015, significant attention and interest have been invested in breaking down the barriers that prevent universal access to essential surgical, obstetric and anesthesia (SOA) services. Improving access to surgical care in low-resource areas, whether in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) or within vulnerable populations in high-income countries (HICs), requires stakeholders to think outside of the box. Innovation, or the process of creatively resolving a problem, is a crucial strategy for addressing complex challenges in global health and global surgery. While technology has traditionally taken the spotlight, novel ideas that support surgical systems strengthening and advance the agenda of achieving access for all should also be highlighted. This narrative review will focus on the principal ideas and trends in global surgery innovation, stretching beyond habitual technological advancements. By centering the narrative around non-technological achievements, we will explore emerging ideas that are transforming infrastructures in health systems strengthening, financial capacity, advocacy, and research and partnerships. From the development of National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anesthesia Plans (NSOAPs) to the creation of collaborative authorship, systemic innovations have and will continue to improve the delivery and quality of essential surgical services in areas of need around the world.

OSI Number – 20672

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