Global pediatric surgery in the era of COVID-19


There is a tremendous unmet need regarding the surgical care of children in low- and middle-income countries. The rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and the resultant redistribution of health care resources required to combat it, has created even more unique difficulties in the provision of safe, timely, and affordable surgical care of children globally. The downstream effects of potential diminished surgical capacity may even more significantly affect the morbidity and mortality of children. The full effects of these changes are yet to be seen. The COVID-19 pandemic has also created unique opportunities that can be built on moving forward. It is critical that the focus on global surgical needs, particularly for children, continues to be a priority to mitigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. [Pediatr Ann. 2022;51(8):e316-e318.]




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