Necessity dictated that I learn rapidly, so I was taught by an operating assistant. Using a small generator to provide light and suction, ether for anesthesia and nursing aids, I was able to carry out many life-saving C- sections, often in the dead of night.
Reliable, effective surgical care for all can deliver extremely high social and economic returns. It is time for the global community to help make this a reality by designing a clear framework for the infrastructure and personnel needed to deliver essential surgical interventions currently out of reach for millions.