Approximately 30% of the global burden of disease is from surgical conditions.
18 million people die annually due to surgically treatable conditions
and millions more suffer with preventable disabilities.
ReSurge estimates there is a shortfall of more than 5 million reconstructive plastic surgical procedures annually.
The incidence of injuries such as burns and traffic accidents is much higher than in rich countries.
There is a shortage of reconstructive plastic surgeons. For example, the US has 1.98 plastic surgeons for every 100,000 people; Zimbabwe has 0.03.
Reconstructive plastic surgery treats injuries, malignancies and congenital conditions.
These three conditions represent 2/3 of all the premature deaths and disabilities caused by a lack of surgical care. Resurge is one of the few organizations that provide full scope reconstructive care.