Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: An Opportunity to Improve Surgical Care and Advance Sustainable Development Globally

Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2020 Aug;32(3):339-354. doi: 10.1016/j.coms.2020.03.001. Epub 2020 May 29.


Global health has evolved to focus on reducing health inequity and obtaining the highest attainable standard of health for all people. To do this, a range of actors now pursue interventions and policy with an eye toward global targets that place strong emphasis on improving health systems. Within global health, global surgery has sought to delineate the burden of surgical disease and propose policy to improve access to surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgery has been underrepresented in global health but has a vital role in reducing the global health inequity attributable to the impact of oral and craniofacial conditions.

Keywords: Craniofacial surgery; Global health; Global health policy; Global oral and maxillofacial surgery; Global surgery; Health systems; Oral and maxillofacial surgery; Oral surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Surgery, Oral*
  • Sustainable Development*