Northwestern Trauma & Surgical Initiative
Our lab aims to build sustainable access to surgical care
through education and research in low resource settings
Why is NTSI needed ?
Approximately 5 billion of the world’s 7 billion people have no access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care,
resulting in more deaths and disability than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.
On the world stage of global health, surgery is described as the
forgotten grand challenge of global public health.
Misconceptions as to the cost, required supplies, expert knowledge, and scope often serve as obstacles to offering surgical relief to many patients in either low resource areas or low- and middle income countries.
Addressing surgical disparities and access to care issues, is of paramount importance, as untreated disability caused by degeneration, disease, or trauma is often a death sentence in low resource areas in high, middle and low income countries