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A retrospective study was carried out based on 110 paediatric burns (0-14 years) seen at the Burn unit, Choithram Hospital & Research Centre, Indore over a period of 7 years (1993-1999). Epidemiological data included age, sex, seasonal variation, place of burn and the cause and mode of burn. Hospitalised paediatric burns constituted 13.5% of total burn(More)
BACKGROUND The Surgeons OverSeas assessment of surgical need (SOSAS) tool, a population-based survey on surgical conditions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), was performed in Sierra Leone and Rwanda. This pilot study in Nepal is the initial implementation of the SOSAS survey in South Asia. METHODS A pilot study of SOSAS, modified for Nepal's(More)
IMPORTANCE More than 90% of thermal injury-related deaths occur in low-resource settings. While baseline assessment of burn management capabilities is necessary to guide capacity building strategies, limited data exist from low and middle-income countries (LMICs). OBJECTIVE The objective of our review is to assess burn management capacity in LMICs. (More)
BACKGROUND Surgeons in high-income countries increasingly are expressing interest in global surgery and participating in humanitarian missions. Knowledge of the surgical skills required to adequately respond to humanitarian emergencies is essential to prepare such surgeons and plan for interventions. METHODS A retrospective review of all surgical(More)
BACKGROUND As the demographic transition occurs across developing countries, an increasing number of elderly individuals are affected by disasters and conflicts. This study aimed to evaluate the elderly population that underwent an operative procedure at MSF facilities. METHODS A retrospective review of prospectively collected operative cases performed at(More)
INTRODUCTION The first step in improving surgical care delivery in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is quantifying surgical need. The Surgeons OverSeas Assessment of Surgical Need (SOSAS) is a validated household survey that has been previously implemented in three LMICs with great success. We implemented the SOSAS survey in Uganda, a medium-sized(More)
PURPOSE While an estimated two billion people lack access to surgical care, little data are available on surgical conditions for pediatric populations in low- and middle-income countries. Our study aims to assess pediatric surgical needs in Nepal. METHODS A countrywide cross-sectional study was performed in 15 randomly chosen districts; 3 clusters (2(More)
BACKGROUND Women in developing countries might experience certain barriers to care more frequently than men. We aimed to describe barriers to essential surgical care that women face in five communities in Ghana. METHODS Questions regarding potential barriers were asked during surgical outreaches to five communities in the northernmost regions of Ghana.(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical care needs in low-resource countries are increasingly recognised as an important aspect of global health, yet data for the size of the problem are insufficient. The Surgeons OverSeas Assessment of Surgical Need (SOSAS) is a population-based cluster survey previously used in Nepal, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. METHODS Using previously(More)
BACKGROUND With an ageing global population comes major non-communicable disease burden, especially in low-income and middle-income countries. An unknown proportion of this burden is treatable or palliated with surgery. This study aimed to estimate the surgical needs of individuals aged 50 years or older in Nepal. METHODS A two-stage, 30 randomised(More)