Evolution of Abdominal Wall Surgery in Non-developed Countries
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Inguinal hernia is a common pathology in Western, and even more in African countries.
The dependence on work and the cost of treatment often force the patients to undergo surgical treatment only when there is no other alternative, in emergency, with high risk of morbidity and mortality.
The high prevalence of abdominal wall defects in developed countries has led to the development of different channels of collaboration with the rest of the world and the creation of specific centres also in rural areas for the treatment of abdominal wall hernias.
To reduce as much as possible the gap between the different nations of the world in the surgical treatment and in the perioperative management of abdominal wall hernias, various world organizations have supported humanitarian missions and capacity-building educational collaborations essential to address the global burden of surgical abdominal disease.
KeywordsGlobal surgery Hernia Developing countries Medical education and training