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'Operation Health' Johns Hopkins Bloomberg-Pulitzer Center 2016 Symposium

Event Date:

November 2, 2016 | 2:00 PM EDT
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Surgically-treatable conditions cause more death and disability than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and...

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Surgeons come from all over the world to the CURE Children's Hospital in Mbale, Uganda, where doctors developed a new treatment for hydrocephalus. Image by Bridget Huber. Uganda, 2014.

A mother dies giving birth. A child loses a leg because a gunshot wound will not heal. A man with a burst appendix walks miles to a hospital. These are some of the issues that will be explored at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, for "Operation Health: Surgery's Emerging Role in Global Health."

The 2016 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-Pulitzer Center Symposium explores surgery's place on the global health agenda. Speakers include surgeons who have provided surgical care in affected countries and trained local providers, as well as Pulitzer Center-supported journalist Bridget Huber who has done in-depth reporting on the issue.

The public health experts are Adam Kushner, founder and director of Surgeons OverSeas; Amber Mehmood, assistant scientist, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg; Asad Latif, assistant professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Kent Stevens, assistant professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kushner also is an associate, International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg, while Stevens also is trauma surgeon whose practice includes trauma, critical care and acute care surgery.

More than 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, affordable and timely surgical and anesthesia care. In 2010, nearly 17 million lives were lost from conditions requiring surgical care, more than the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Recent years, however, have seen an increasing recognition of the dire unmet surgical need—estimated at 143 million operations—and a growing evidence base documenting the staggering shortage of surgical resources on a global scale.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is a Campus Consortium partner with the Pulitzer Center.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Sheldon Hall, W1214
615 N. Wolfe Street,
Baltimore, MD 21205

Register today.


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