The World Bank Group: Innovative financing for health and opportunities for global surgery

Surgery. 2019 Feb;165(2):263-272. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2018.07.040. Epub 2018 Sep 28.


The World Bank Group is the largest global development organization working to end poverty and promote shared prosperity. Its 5 institutions play an essential role in the advancement of global health through innovative health financing, data collection and management, policy reform, and advocacy. Previously, the World Bank Group has supported global surgery through data collection and advocacy. As it grows, it must continue to focus on the importance of surgical care in promoting health and avoiding poverty in low- and middle-income countries. The house of surgery and its community should play an active role in advocating for the many ways in which the World Bank Group could facilitate the strengthening of surgical systems to improve access to surgical care worldwide.

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries / economics
  • Global Health / economics*
  • Health Care Reform
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Healthcare Financing*
  • Humans
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / economics*
  • United Nations / economics*