I greatly value your solidarity with Global Health Group in Mongolia in launching this appeal. Mongolia has special challenges and also shares many problems facing all low and middle income countries. We can only tackle and eliminate the reasons for avoidable death and disability in these countries with the involvement of people like yourselves.
At least we now know what has to be done. There is strong evidence that safe surgery and emergency care must be made available at primary care level - and thereby be delivered to people who live in distant and remote places and who are thus at a huge disadvantage in having equal rights to medical, surgical and anaesthesia services without the burden of catastrophic health costs.
The group of lecturers and doctors involved in Global Health in Mongolia, working to reach the global goals of sustainable development mapped out by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery of which I am a proud Commissioner, is greatly supported by your offer solidarity in achieving what has seemed unreachable. Of course a successful appeal will help to alleviate the burden of sickness and disability for the people of Mongolia, not least children and their mothers. But whether or not we raise the money, we have already built up trust, friendship, peace and love which is so valuable in everyday life. So thanks to all involved in organising and contributing to this appeal.