Congenital anomalies in low- and middle-income countries: The unborn child of global surgery

Nicole A. Sitkin, Doruk Ozgediz, Peter Donkor, Diana L Farmer

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Abstract

Surgically correctable congenital anomalies cause a substantial burden of global morbidity and mortality. These anomalies disproportionately affect children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) due to sociocultural, economic, and structural factors that limit the accessibility and quality of pediatric surgery. While data from LMICs are sparse, available evidence suggests that the true human and financial cost of congenital anomalies is grossly underestimated and that pediatric surgery is a cost-effective intervention with the potential to avert significant premature mortality and lifelong disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalPresentations from the 9th Annual Electric Utilities Environmental Conference
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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