Department of Medicine
Background: As the pediatric population requiring health services rises globally, developing countries are struggling to cater to the growing burden of non-communicable diseases - particularly those requiring specialized surgical care.
Main body: Despite the literature supporting specialized pediatric surgical care, the developing world is far from meeting the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) Manpower taskforce recommendation of at least 1 qualified pediatric surgeon per 100,000 patients (0-15 years-old). In Pakistan, there is an unmet surgical need in the pediatric population due to a multitude of short shortcomings, notably in quality and quantity of the training programs on offer, and urgent short- and long-term steps are needed to improve this dire situation.
Conclusion: It is crucial for the global surgical community to take steps, especially with regards to pediatric surgical training, to ensure delivery of accessible and quality surgical care to the world's children.
Publication ( Name of Journal)
Sohail, A. H.,
Maan, M. A.,
(2019). Challenges of training and delivery of pediatric surgical services in developing economies: A perspective from Pakistan. BMC Pediatrics, 19(1), 152.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pakistan_fhs_mc_mc/129
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