Though much of the global surgical disease and pain burden is preventable or treatable, the global infrastructure to address these crises is lacking.
In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), inadequate infrastructure and workforce capacity are especially notable. SSA carries a disproportionate 25% of the world’s total disease burden with only 2% of the global health care workforce to address it. Similarly, SSA has the highest concentration of surgical disease burden though the fewest surgery and anesthesia providers per capita.
Historically, the majority of surgical global health efforts have focused on provision of clinical care through surgical missions, donating equipment, trainee exchanges, brief teaching seminars, or even extracting patients for treatment abroad.
GPAS shifts away from these models and focuses on projects that strengthen infrastructure and build capacity to address the surgical disease crisis locally.