Why we need your help
In Kisumu, Western Kenya, a baby girl named Akinyi was born with her intestines outside her abdomen. Akinyi, which means” born in the morning”, died 4 days later due to exposure and infection because of lack of a simple plastic silo bag that would prevent infection, hypothermia, and allow gradual return of her intestines into the abdomen until closure by a surgeon. Close to 100% of babies born with gastroschisis in Western Kenya die. Had Akinyi been born in a high-income country (HIC), she would have survived almost 100% of the time and led a normal and productive life.
The struggle to assure universal access to surgical care continues. An estimated 5 billion individuals–many of them children–lack access to essential surgical care. In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) infants and children make up a significant proportion of the population. Unfortunately, it is in these regions where the infrastructure and human resources needed to support optimal pediatric surgical care are lacking. The absence of these resources results in devastating mortality and morbidity rates.
In May 2016, a group of concerned and committed providers from both HICs and LMICs met in London to define the state of global pediatric surgical care and develop solutions. The Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery came into being with a vision of every child having access to surgical care. A second meeting involving all stakeholders was held in October 2016 in Washington DC. At this meeting, results of assessments of the current situation in multiple LMICs were reviewed in order for priorities to be set and context specific solutions developed. Subsequently a third meeting was held in Vellore, India in January 2018, where new priorities were set to enable progress toward our goal of assuring safe surgical care for children throughout the world.
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We ask for your donations to support our efforts and allow low-income surgeons to attend our meetings. Any contribution would be most appreciated, and donations are tax-deductible. We thank you for your generosity and support.