Global Surgery Priorities: A Response to Recent Commentaries.

Jakub Gajewski, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Ruairi F. Brugha, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Leon Bijlmakers, Radboud University Nijmegen

The original article is available at http://www.ijhpm.com/article_3598.html

Abstract

We welcome the five published responses1-5 to our editorial,6 which outlined a research agenda for making surgery accessible in low-and middle-income country settings, where it is most needed. The commentators represent a good mix of academics, researchers and advocacy specialists, which demonstrates the growing global commitment to working together in the ‘empirically evolving global surgery systems science.’3 There is considerable consensus in the messages, including the importance of collaborative research approaches, adapted to country contexts; a focus on district population needs; and the use of standardised routine data collection and evaluation methods. Here, we briefly touch on some important new perspectives and some diverging ones.

We welcome the five published responses1-5 to our editorial,6 which outlined a research agenda for making surgery accessible in low-and middle-income country settings, where it is most needed. The commentators represent a good mix of academics, researchers and advocacy specialists, which demonstrates the growing global commitment to working together in the ‘empirically evolving global surgery systems science.’3 There is considerable consensus in the messages, including the importance of collaborative research approaches, adapted to country contexts; a focus on district population needs; and the use of standardised routine data collection and evaluation methods. Here, we briefly touch on some important new perspectives and some diverging ones.