Editorial

Surgical care at rural district hospitals in low and middle-income countries: an essential component of universal health coverage

AUTHORS

Kathryn M Chu1 FACS, FASCRS, Director of Centre for Global Surgery *

Priyanka Naidu2 MBChB, Global Surgery Fellow, Operation Smile

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Hans J Hendriks3
MMed (FamMed)

Jennifer Nash4 MMed (Fam Med), Specialist Family Physician

Francois J Coetzee5 MMed (FamMed), Rural Clinical School MBChB Program Coordinator

Martene Esteves6 BCMP (Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice), Clinical Associate

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Steve Reid7
MFamMed, PhD, Chair of Primary Health Care

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Ian Couper8
MFamMed, FCFP(SA), Professor and Director

AFFILIATIONS

1 Centre for Global Surgery, Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

2 Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

3 Zithulele Hospital, Eastern Cape and Department of Family Medicine, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa

4 Amathole District Clinical Specialist Team (Eastern Cape Province), Eastern Cape Department of Health, South Africa

5, 8 Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

6 Colorectal Unit, Wits Donald Gordon Hospital, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa

7 Primary Health Care Directorate, University of Cape Town, South Africa

ACCEPTED: 14 May 2020