In the regions where Lifebox works, nine in every ten people cannot access basic surgical and anesthesia care.
One third of human disease requires surgical treatment. Surgical care can treat a wide variety of conditions, from a lifesaving cesarean section or cancer treatment, to injury and infection.
Yet every year, 4.2 million people die within thirty days of surgery – the greatest contributor to death worldwide after heart disease and stroke. Millions more suffer from complications and morbidities. Improving access to timely, quality, and affordable surgical and anesthesia care for all is an essential component of global health.
Lifebox was founded to tackle the global crisis of unsafe surgery.
Founded by the same individuals that created the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, Lifebox works to make surgery and anesthesia safer for every patient, every time through tools, training, and partnerships.
Investing in surgical services is affordable, saves lives, and promotes economic growth. Universal health coverage and the health aspirations set out in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without ensuring that surgical and anesthesia care is truly accessible and safe.