Challenges facing otolaryngologists in low- and middle-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic

Maxwell P. Kligerman, Shaina Lamour, Samuel Okerosi, Blake Alkire, Mary Xu, Rolvix Patterson, Johan Fagan, Mahmood Bhutta, Mark Shrime, Patrick Jean Gilles, Titus Ibekwe, Ncogoza Isaie, Travis Tollefson, David Shaye, Josephine Czechowitz, James Saunders, Mark Zafereo, Doreen Nakku, Theodore Klug, Aveline KahingaSharon Tamir, Ankit Raj, Walter Lee, Touch Sokdavy, Carolina Der, Gaby Cahill, Misha Verkerk, Praveen Rajaguru, Joshua Wiedermann, Holly Sprow, Isaac Wasserman, Varun Vendra, Xingkuan Bu, Robert Semco

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic poses significant challenges for otolaryngologists practicing in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This commentary highlights some of the particular challenges in low resource settings, including limited testing, insufficient personal protective equipment, small numbers of surgeons, and competing socio-economic demands. The commentary focuses on specific examples from around the world to draw attention to these challenges and also highlight examples of success and innovation. Amidst the crisis an opportunity exists for otolaryngologists from around the world to share resources, ideas, and innovations to best serve patients and improve the health system globally for the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110322
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Volume138
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Global health
  • Global otolaryngology
  • Low- and middle-income countries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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