According to a study, published in the Lancet Global Health Journal, surgical patients in Africa are twice as likely to die in hospital after surgery when compared with the global average. The study details the African Surgical Outcomes-2 (Asos-2) trial that tried to address the problem of post-operative deaths in Africa. It was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.

“Hospitals numbering 332 from 28 African countries participated in the trial between May 2019 and July last year. The average age of the patients was 37, 69.4% of whom were women. In the trial, 160 hospitals with 13 275 patients were placed in the enhanced post-operative surveillance arm of the trial, while 172 hospitals with 15 617 patients were in the standard care arm of the trial.”

Prof Landon Myer from UCT said the scale of this trial within Africa - enrolling at hundreds of hospitals across the continent - demonstrates the kinds of internationally significant public health research that is possible with the right leadership, commitment, energy and vision – Cape Argus (24 August 2021)

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