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Research and Impact


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Our Research and Evaluation

A core part of our mission is to produce the evidence desperately needed to show that the impact of investing in children’s surgical infrastructure goes on to transform entire nations and their economies. With the help of our academic partners at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Oxford, we conduct independent research to evaluate the impact of our work. 

A Kids Operating Room shows the real cost, and benefit, of saving a child’s life, of preventing a life of pain and disability, and of transforming children’s futures: 

  • An average of 50 lifesaving or life-changing operations can be performed every month in a dedicated paediatric OR in a low- to middle-income country.
  • A single paediatric operation is estimated to prevent an average of 17 DALYs (Disability-Adjusted Years).
  • A child undergoing an operation is projected to go on to allow their nation to generate an average of $35,970 (USD) in additional GDP in the years to come.
  • Our unique approach to research
    Working with local entities

    Our unique approach to research

    We work with data collectors and local research teams in hospitals and universities to listen to the needs of those living and working in LMICs.

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    The Unmet Need of Children's Surgery
    Annual Global Reports

    The Unmet Need of Children's Surgery

    A look into the unmet need for children's surgical, with a special focus on paediatric surgical infrastructure in LMICs. The Report is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. 

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    Publications and Research Papers

    Publications and Research Papers

    We work with academic partners, researchers and surgeons to analyse the data from our Operating Rooms and measure the impact of our work. 

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    Real-life stories

    Hear from children, families, medical professionals and trainee scholars how KidsOR has improved their lives. 

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