Urologists Address Unmet Global Burden of Surgical Disease in India
Urologists from around the world have created an innovative program to help address urological needs in India. The team is specifically addressing bladder exstrophy (BE), a complex, rare disorder that occurs during fetal development when the bladder does not form completely and drains onto the surface of the abdomen. If untreated, the disease raises the risk of serious infections and cancer, along with psychosocial complications. Approximately 500 babies are born in India with BE each year, and the highly-specialized surgical knowledge required to treat BE is limited to a few major medical centers. The consequent lack of access is what prompted urologists from around the world to create a multi-institutional collaborative that leverages capabilities to alleviate the global burden of this surgically treatable disease, as reported in JAMA Surgery. The article describes their project at Civil Hospital, a public hospital in Ahmedabad, India, between January 2009 and 2015. It joined together experts in urology from various institutions, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Seattle Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and Sidra Medical and Research Center, in U.A.E.
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