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World Bank report: cataract surgery an ‘essential intervention’

Published: 15.05.2015

The World Bank Group has published the Essential Surgery volume, part of its Disease Control Priorities series. The volume presents data on the surgical burden of disease, disability, congenital anomalies, and trauma, along with health impact and economic analyses of procedures, platforms, and packages to improve care in settings with severe budget limitations.

It identifies 44 surgical procedures, including cataract surgery, that meet the following criteria: they address substantial needs, are cost effective, and are feasible to implement in low- and middle-income countries.

As low- and middle-income countries set priorities for funding across an increasingly complex set of policy and intervention choices, Essential Surgery makes a compelling case for improving global access to cost-effective surgical care, including cataract surgery.

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