Impact of urologic disorders on job and caretaking responsibilities in Belize

Fall 2020 Grant Recipient

David Rapp (Urology)

In low-income and middle-income countries (LMIC), frequent health care appointments related to untreated surgical illness can impede the ability to maintain employment and contribute to poverty. Our project seeks to better quantify the financial impact of untreated urologic surgical disease in Belize by assessing the effect of these diseases on patients' ability to maintain employment. This initiative will be performed in conjunction with visiting UVa surgical teams providing urologic surgeries and aspires to be part of a long-term global focus placed on the importance of providing safe and affordable surgical care in LMIC.