The Surgery Spring

Author: Zoe Mullan

“It’s springtime for surgery!” declared Meena Cherian at the launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery at the end of April. It certainly seems so. In a few days’ time, WHO Member State representatives will gather at the 68th World Health Assembly to discuss, among other things, the adoption a resolution on surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage. An explicit surgical outcome was also included in WHO’s recent Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators. And the first volume of the World Bank’s Disease Control Priorities, third edition, is devoted to essential surgery.

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Mullen, Z. 2015. "The surgery spring". Lancet Global Health. Editorial. Published online May 12, 2015.