Children in Africa suffer a significant burden of health conditions — particularly congenital deformities and wound-related conditions — that could be bettered by surgery, but most of these needs are going unmet, according to a study co-led by Emily Smith, PhD and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The need is especially pronounced in rural areas of Somaliland, a country in the Horn of Africa with a population of more than 3.5 million residents, most of whom live more than two hours from a surgeon and as far away as 24 hours. Read about Dr. smith’s research and conclusions in this article.

M32020 is pleased to welcome Emily Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University and adjunct assistant professor at Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University as a conference speaker. Her research interests include global surgery and the strengthening of health systems in low-income countries. Her research takes place in Uganda, Nigeria, Somaliland, and Latin America.

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