Cancer kills more people in sub-Saharan Africa than HIV, TB and malaria combined.
Trauma just like cancer is the leading cause of death and disabilty among youth and young adults and is responsible for more deaths in this age group than all the above infectious diseases combined. Overall surgical diseases contribute to the greatest number of deaths and disabilty in sub-Saharan Africa and as a result, urgent recognition and prioritisation of surgical diseases and there impact on sub-Saharan livelihoods is needed.
There is a great unmet surgical need despite awareness of the burden of these diseases
CESDA comes in to meet this need by building capacity in conduction and utilisation of surgical research.