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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 2073-9990
Vol. 21, No. 1, 2016, pp. 3-10
Bioline Code: js16001
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2016, pp. 3-10

 en Critical Care in Africa: A Surgical Intensivist Perspective
Macleod, Jana B.A.


Critical care services often fall far outside the focus of mainstream health care agendas. The disease specific list held by many health care stakeholders, including the funding agencies, results in a funneling of political attention and funds predominantly in those directions. Infectious diseases, in particular tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, are on the fore front of the global public health agendas and rightfully, will remain high on the list for the foreseeable future1. Childhood infectious diseases also represent disease-specific agendas that are a main target of donor funding because of the potential for intervening successfully and the potential of life saved 2,3. The lure of eradication of a disease with a heavy burden on the health of the population as exampled by the Polio campaigns and programs to eradicate guinea worm easily capture the attention of governments and society alike. As a result, crucial life-saving hospital services such as critical care are often overlooked.

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