Killing germs to save lives

All over the world the WHO safe surgery checklist is being used to save lives by preventing many of the common surgical complications that can develop. Worldwide mortality rates are being cut by around 47% and infection rates by 35% through the use of the checklist. Most hospitals in developing nations have only very basic sterilization equipment so correct training is also vital to ensure surgical instruments are germ free.

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Grasshopper boy

Fifteen-year-old Ulrich from Cameroon in West Africa was very concerned about his future. “If as a teenager it is already very painful for me to move around on my sticks” says Ulrich, “how will I be able to do it when I am older”. What also frustrated him was not being able to help his mother around the house, by fetching water and firewood. He hated the way people would stare at him and sometimes laugh at his deformed legs.

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