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News announcement22 October 2021Directorate-General for International Partnerships1 min read

Join Live our Kapuscinski Development Lecture with Mark Shrime – 1 November 14:00 CET


Cured into destitution: surgery, poverty and inequality

Join LIVE our #KAPTalks with Mark Shrime who will discuss the role that strengthening surgical systems can have in international development. The event will be fully online. Join us on 1st November at 14:00 CET / 13:00 GMT. The lecture is hosted by RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

5 billion people around the world cannot access surgical care when they need it. 81 million people are driven into financial catastrophe every year by the costs of getting surgery. This is a global problem, not just one for poorer countries.

What role can strengthening surgical systems have in international development? Join Professor Mark Shrime, a leading expert on global surgery, to explore the complex and multi-directional interplay between surgical care, poverty, and inequity.

Background Information

Professor Mark G. Shrime, MD, MPH, PhD, FACS, is O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. His academic pursuits focus on surgical delivery in low- and middle-income countries, where he has a specific interest in the intersection of health, impoverishment, and inequity. His work aims to determine optimal policies and platforms for surgical delivery that maximize health benefits while simultaneously minimizing the risk of financial catastrophe faced by patients. He is a co-author of Lancet Commission Report, ‘Global Surgery 2030’, which highlighted the deficit in the equity of surgical and anaesthesia care globally. In 2018, he was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

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Publication date
22 October 2021
Directorate-General for International Partnerships