BANGKOK, 21 February 2011 (IRIN) - More
than two billion people, mostly in low-income countries, lack adequate
access to life-saving surgical procedures, which is a potential obstacle
to achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), say specialists.
"It is not news that the poor have
worse access to hospital services like surgery. But the size of the population
is a shock," said Atul Gawande, associate professor at Harvard School
of Public Health and head of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative,
Safe Surgery Saves Lives.