According to a Lancet Commission on Global Surgery:
- 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed
- 143 million additional surgical procedures are needed each year to save lives and prevent disability
- 33 million individuals face catastrophic health expenditure due to payment for surgery and anaesthesia each year
- Investment in surgical and anaesthesia services is affordable, saves lives, and promotes economic growth
- Surgery is an indivisible, indispensable part of health care
WAM has been working closely with partners like WATSI to ensure that surgical care remains a top priority in terms of health care delivery in Malawi. Surgeries like hernial, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, hysterectomy, hydrocele and many others, have been supported in this project, especially for the rural masses that have almost no access to surgical care.
Most surgeries in Malawi are supported by various donors, because the government cannot meet the surgical need alone. WAM has made great effort in complementing the work of Government in terms of providing the much needed surgical care.