Welcome to the fourth edition of the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery newsletter. We trust that you are all keeping well. With the pandemic changing the way we work everywhere, we are encouraged by the rate at which the Unit’s activity continues. In this edition we are pleased to include the first of the articles showcasing the work being undertaken within specific partner countries. This month we focus on our hub in Ghana. We plan to focus on each of the hubs over the coming editions.  

As always, we are keen to receive items that you would like us to include in future editions of the newsletter. We look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Hosni Khairy

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our friend and colleague from Egypt, Professor Hosni Khairy. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. We hope to share further information on his life and work in the very near future.


We are pleased to announce the following three new publications. Many thanks to all of our collaborators for your help with disseminating the results of our studies.

Monahan M, Jowett S, Pinkney T, Brocklehurst P, Morton DG, Abdali Z, Roberts TE “Surgical Site Infection and Costs In Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review Of The Economic Burden” PLOS ONE. June 2020  https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0232960

COVIDSURG Collaborative ‘Mortality and pulmonary complications in patients undergoing surgery with perioperative SARS-CoV-2 infection: an international cohort study’ The Lancet, May 2020 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31182-X/fulltext

The paper has received extensive media coverage across the world, some of which can be seen here.