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Authors' Reply: Safe Surgery for All: Early Lessons from Implementing a National Government-Driven Surgical Plan in Ethiopia

Journal Article
(Published November, 2018)
Iverson, K. (Author),
Citron, I. (Author),
Burssa, D. (Author),
Teshome, A. (Author),
Ahearn, O. (Author),
Ashengo, T.A. (Author)
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The authors respond that surgery is not possible without anesthesia. In Ethiopia, as is often the case throughout much of East Africa, inadequate numbers of anesthesia providers are a major bottleneck to receiving surgical care. As the authors note, these workforce challenges often drive a lack of surgical provision . We are pleased to see the authors and their institutions take an active role in implementing the Ministry’s National Anesthesia Roadmap.  A national professional association dedicated to improving surgical and anesthesia care has emerged. This consortium of professional societies for surgery in Ethiopia, including ESAPA and the Ethiopian Association of Anesthetists, will be a powerful force for cooperation to advance the agenda on safe surgical and anesthetic care in the country in a multi-disciplinary way.

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Iverson K, Citron I, Burssa D, Teshome A, Ahearn O, Ashengo T, et al. Authors' Reply: Safe Surgery for All: Early Lessons from Implementing a National Government-Driven Surgical Plan in Ethiopia. World J Surg. 2018