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Appraising war's impacts on neurosurgical delivery in Ukraine

Wireko, Andrew Awuah, Adebusoye, Favour Tope, Wellington, Jack, Bel-Nono, Katerina Namaal, Abdul-Rahman, Toufik, Ovechkin, Denys, Mykolayivna, Nikitina Iryna and Sikora, Vladyslav 2023. Appraising war's impacts on neurosurgical delivery in Ukraine. The International Journal of Health Planning and Management 38 (4) , pp. 1071-1075. 10.1002/hpm.3633

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The conflict in Ukraine, which started when Russia invaded and violated its sovereignty, has led to the country's worst war since the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The war has resulted in a significant number of casualties, displaced millions of people, and damaged the healthcare system, which was already struggling before the conflict. The neurosurgical field, in particular, has been severely affected, with infrastructure and healthcare systems routinely demolished or interrupted in conflict zones, making fundamental medical operations unavailable to victims of armed conflict. As a result, neurosurgeons have been compelled to conduct surgeries outside of their areas of competence, in makeshift settings or under challenging conditions, with limited access to materials and equipment. The war has also severely damaged specialised neurosurgery facilities, causing a severe shortage of crucial supplies and equipment. To address the challenges facing neurosurgery care in Ukraine, it is essential to rebuild and repair the damaged neurosurgical centres and provide them with the necessary equipment and supplies to successfully administer neurosurgical treatments. Training programs for neurosurgeons and other medical specialists must also be organised to manage complex neurosurgical problems under difficult conditions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0749-6753
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2024 02:20

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