The Lancet Commission and World Health Organisation have identified that 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care. In Low and Middle Income countries (LMIC) 9 out 10 people lack access to even the most basic surgical services. An estimated 4.2 million people will die each year within 30 days of surgery – more than from all causes related to HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
A critical need exists to reduce inequalities in surgical care throughout the world. High quality collaborative research and training are essential to improve mortality and outcomes following surgery for patients in LMIC.
The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery (GSU) is working with internationals partners to establish research hubs in sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian sub-continent, South East Asia and Central America.
The NIHR GSU is led by the University of Birmingham in partnership with the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick, and international partners from the GlobalSurg Collaborative in a range of LMICs.
NIHR Global Surgery research hubs are funded by the NIHR and supported by their academic host institutions.