Financing pediatric surgery in low-, and middle-income countries

Grace Hsiung, Fizan Abdullah*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Congenital anomalies once considered fatal, are now surgically correctable conditions that now allow children to live a normal life. Pediatric surgery, traditionally thought of as a privilege of the rich, as being too expensive and impractical, and which has previously been overlooked and excluded in resource-poor settings, is now being reexamined as a cost-effective strategy to reduce the global burden of disease-particularly in low, and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, to date, global pediatric surgical financing suffers from an alarming paucity of data. To leverage valuable resources and prioritize pediatric surgical services, timely, accurate and detailed global health spending and financing for pediatric surgical care is needed to inform policy making, strategic health-sector budgeting and resource allocation. This discussions aims to characterize and highlight the evidence gaps that currently exist in global financing and funding flow for pediatric surgical care in LMICs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • Child health services
  • Financing pediatric surgery
  • Global child health
  • Global pediatric surgery
  • Global surgery
  • Health financing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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