Burden of surgical disease: Strategies to manage an existing public health emergency

K. A Kelly McQueen, Parveen Parmar, Mamata Kene, Sam Broaddus, Kathleen Casey, Kathryn Chu, Joseph A. Hyder, Alexandra Mihailovic, Nadine Semer, Stephen Sullivan, Thomas Weiser, Frederick M. Burkle

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The World Health Organization estimates that the burden of surgical disease due to war, self-inflicted injuries, and road traffic incidents will rise dramatically by 2020. During the 2009 Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Humanitarian Action Summit (HHI/HAS), members of the Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group met to review the state of surgical epidemiology, the unmet global surgical need, and the role international organizations play in filling the surgical gap during humanitarian crises, conflict, and war. An outline of the group's findings and recommendations is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Issue numberSUPPL.2
Publication statusPublished - 2009



  • burden of surgical disease
  • humanitarian assistance
  • surgery in developing countries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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McQueen, K. A. K., Parmar, P., Kene, M., Broaddus, S., Casey, K., Chu, K., ... Burkle, F. M. (2009). Burden of surgical disease: Strategies to manage an existing public health emergency. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 24(SUPPL.2). https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049023X00021634