Not Enough Surgeons
In developing countries, there is a critical shortage of 2 million surgeons. Sadly, because of this shortage, more people die from lack of surgery than HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria combined. Usually a few qualified surgeons are available in major cities to help thousands of patients.
Surgeons often work in very populated, but remote areas which can significantly limit training options.
Surgeons are often under-resourced and do not always have mentors to learn from, leaving them frustrated.
In-country surgeons who train abroad sometimes do not return home – the place that needs them most.
While surgical missions help training and collaborations, year-round solutions are really needed.