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Tackling the Global Burden of Surgical Disease

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This event is hosted by Cambridge University Surgical Society and Cambridge University Global Health

The greatest burden of surgically treatable diseases falls on people in developing countries, yet the poorest third of people receive only 3.5% of operations and have the lowest numbers of surgeons per head of population. These statistics, combined with the emphasis on reducing global deaths from infectious diseases, make surgery appear to be a neglected specialty within the current global health arena. CU Surgical Society, in collaboration with CU Global Health, have invited Mr Andy Leather to speak at the Clinical School on the the emerging concept of surgical care as a population-based, affordable, and globally relevant issue.

Mr Leather is the Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health. He was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at King’s College Hospital in 1996 and is an honorary Senior Lecturer in Global Health at King’s College London. His work focusses primarily on translational research in fragile states, capacity building partnerships in developing countries, and global health education.

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