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Global Surgery and Healthy Cities: Adopting a Global Surgery Perspective to Harmonize SDGs and Enhance Urban Health in Africa


Year published: 2022
Categories: Book Chapter
URL Link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-95979-1_7

Author / Authors:

  • Salome Maswime
  • Ché L. Reddy



While the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may present a holistic and universal framework that acknowledges the varied and interlinking dimensions of development, practical implementation strategies to achieve the goals are often sub-optimally aligned with contextual realities and particularities. Global Surgery is an emerging discipline, a mode of inquiry, an applied science, and a highly participatory global social movement which sits at the interface of health and sustainable development. As such, this chapter argues that Global Surgery represents a crucial perspective to illustrate the cross-cutting nature of the SDGs and foreground the importance of comprehensive urban health interventions for vulnerable and marginalized populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly in the African context. We draw on key trends in surgical systems and empirical knowledge about healthy cities and urban slums in Africa to provide a practical framework to rethink and improve surgical healthcare, build healthier cities, and advance the SDGs in African cities.

Keywords - Global Surgery, Urban health, Surgical healthcare, African cities, Sustainable cities


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