Global health inequalities in plastic surgery—addressing the imbalance

Global health inequalities in plastic surgery—addressing the imbalance Eur J Plast Surg (2014) 37:253–254 DOI 10.1007/s00238-013-0926-0 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Global health inequalities in plastic surgery—addressing the imbalance Shehab Jabir Received: 4 December 2013 /Accepted: 27 December 2013 /Published online: 10 January 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014 Sir, gamut of plastic surgical conditions which make it difficult to Despite surgical conditions accounting for approximately plan services effectively in these regions. In addition, there is 15 % of the total disability adjusted life years (DALY) lost also a clear lack of data in terms of plastic surgical expertise worldwide, it continues to lag behind other global health available. Hence, epidemiological data together with an accu- priorities such as infectious diseases and malnutrition [1]. rate map of currently available services within LMICs are essential if we are to make a significant leap in the develop- Part of the problem lies with the view that surgical interven- tions are not as cost-effective despite evidence to the contrary ment of the speciality. This is evident from the experience of [2]. Although plastic surgery is still a relatively small special- the developed world and leads one to consider that the first ity in comparison to others such as general surgery and ortho- European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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