Congenital anomalies in the context of global surgery

Nicole A. Sitkin, Diana L Farmer

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Surgery is increasingly recognized as an essential component of global health development. This article will review the state of global pediatric surgery, utilizing congenital anomalies as a framework in which to discuss the promise of pediatric surgery in reducing the global burden of disease. Congenital anomalies are responsible for a substantial burden of morbidity and mortality in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as significant emotional and economic harms to the families of children with congenital anomalies. Limited pediatric surgical capacity in many LMICs has culminated in a devastating burden of avertable disability and death. Pediatric surgery is an effective and cost-effective means to reduce this burden. Pediatric surgeons must continue to drive the growth of global pediatric surgery by engaging in clinical practice, educational partnerships, and research initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • Congenital anomalies
  • Global health
  • Pediatric surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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