Reimagining Universal Health Coverage: Safe and Affordable Surgery

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Reimagining Universal Health Coverage: Safe and Affordable Surgery


JournalJournal of International Development Cooperation
Article typeJournal research article – Other
Publication date – Jul – 2021
Authors – Minsol Kim, Kee Bum Park, Sangchul Yoon
KeywordsAnaesthesia Plan (NSOAPs), health equity, National Surgical; Obstetric, Surgical Obstetric Anaesthesia Care, Sustainable development goals, Universal health coverage
Open access – Yes
SpecialityHealth policy
World region Southern Africa, Southern Asia
Country: Pakistan, Zambia
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on August 4, 2021 at 5:21 am
Abstract:

UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) and universal health coverage (UHC) are significant health goals the world needs to achieve. Despite concerted efforts to attain UHC, the world is still lagging. Compared to the sizable number of resources put into the treatment of well-known communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, and malaria, surgery is relatively underutilized despite its potential. Scaling up surgical interventions, however, is crucial since it can save many people’s lives and help avert the economic losses incurred due to diseases. Moreover, increased surgical capacity in low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs) could prove useful in overcoming pandemics, such as COVID-19. To upgrade the surgical capacity of the LMICs, it is essential to incorporate National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plans (NSOAPs) into their national health policies. In this paper, the illustrative cases of two countries that adopted NSOAPs with a different model. Zambia and Pakistan, are examined. We conclude by giving recommendations to countries that are yet to adopt NSOAPs

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