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Surgical voices from the global south

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Organised and facilitated by the College’s Humanitarian Surgery Innovation (HSI) Fellows, this series of webinars aims to explore, share, and amplify key issues and experiences of delivering surgical, anaesthesia and trauma care, as told by those who live and work in the Global South.

Follow RCS England on Twitter and use these hashtags to get involved in the conversation: #surgicalvoices #globalsurgery #globalhealth     

Past webinars

Surgery on the international stage, is it a global priority?

In 2015, the World Health Assembly passed resolution WHA68.15 on strengthening emergency & essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of University Health Coverage. What progress has been made? Join the conversation about why we all need to advocate for change.

Date and time: Thursday 16 March, 6pm (GMT)


Dr Emmanuel Makasa
Adjunct Professor of Global Surgery and Founding Director of Regional Collaboration Centre for Surgical Healthcare Improvement (WitSSurg), University of Witwatersrand

Dr Serena Cruz
Medical Ethnographer and Chair, G4 Alliance Advocacy Team.

Dr Hamaiyal Sana
Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow, Harvard Medical School and Chair of the WHO Youth Council


Dr Isobel Marks; HSI Fellow (UK), RCS England and Surgical Trainee

Dr Tim Fabrice Tientcheu; HSI Fellow (Cameroon), RCS England and Consultant General Surgeon, University of Bamenda, Cameroon.

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Adopting a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Approach for Delivering Ortho-Plastic Surgical Care in Conflict Zones: Gaza Case Study

This webinar explored the importance of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) in providing safe and high-quality complex trauma care in conflict settings. Through the lens of Gaza in Palestine, panellists examined the challenges of implementing an MDT approach and how patient outcomes can be improved.

Date and time: Wednesday 26 April 2023 6pm BST (GMT+1)


Miss Yvette Godwin 
Consultant Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, Birmingham Children’s hospital, UK.

Dr. Hafez AbuKhoussa
Consultant Plastic Surgeon at MSF, Palestine.

Dr. Ahmed Mokhallalati
Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Head of Plastic Surgery department at AlShifa Medical Complex, Palestine

Ahmad Shamsaldin
Medical student, Dnipro Institute of Medicine and Public Health, Dnipropetroves’ka Oblast, Ukraine.


Ahmad Almaqadma; HSI Fellow (Palestine), RCS England and Plastic Surgeon at AlShifa Medical Complex

Marcella Rayan-Coker; HSI Fellow (Kenya), RCS England and Ortho/Trauma Registrar at the University of Nairobi

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Trauma Care in Africa: Challenges & Possibilities

Organised in partnership with the AO Alliance and Sign Fracture Care International, this webinar explored the current state of trauma care in Africa through the lenses of Gambia, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda.

Panellists evaluated the current policies for trauma care, existing trauma networks and the impact, preparedness and response of these systems to emergencies, the accessibility, availability and affordability of trauma care, including prehospital care, and the need for trauma and postgraduate training to meet Africa’s trauma needs. They also highlighted some barriers to quality trauma care delivery and the future of trauma care in Africa.

Date and time: Tuesday 16 May 2023 6pm BST (GMT+1)



Dr Kebba Marenah 300 
Dr Kebba Marenah
Ortho/Trauma Surgeon, Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, Gambia.
National lead for the AO Alliance, Gambia

Dr Temiloluwa Olufemi

Ortho/Trauma Surgeon, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi -Lagos, Nigeria. 

Team Lead, West African Trauma Education Program (WATEP) for AO Alliance, Nigeria.

Dr Ezekiel Oburu
Ortho/Trauma Surgeon, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr John Ekure
Ortho/Trauma Surgeon and Executive Director of Kumi Orthopaedic Hospital, Uganda.


Dr Marcella Ryan-Coker; HSI Fellow (Kenya/ Sierra Leone), RCS England and Ortho/Trauma Registrar, University of Nairobi.
Dr Claude Martin Managing Director AO Alliance


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Civilian-Military Healthcare Integration: Lessons from around the world.

Integrating civilian and military healthcare systems can have significant benefits for patients and healthcare systems. This webinar started by introducing The Integrated Military Partnerships and Civilian Trauma Systems (IMPACT) Study, which seeks to develop a conceptual framework to guide the integration of military and civilian trauma systems at the policy level. This was followed by featuring examples of civilian-military integration from several countries around the world and ended with an interactive panel discussion.

Date and time: 15 June 6PM BST ( GMT+1)


1- Mr Matthew Arnaouti

A Core Surgical Trainee in London and Postgraduate Fellow with the Harvard Programme of Global Surgery and Social Change (IMPACT study)


2- Major Ghassan Alswaiti

 Jordanian Royal Medical Services, also representing IMPACT study 


3-Colonel Amila Ratnayake

Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps

4-Lieutenant Colonel Serhii Tertyshnyi

Ukrainian Armed Forces Medical Services

5- Professor Ted Herbosa

The Secretary of the Department of Health for the Philippines


Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Gerard McKnight MRCS

 HSI Fellow, RCS England and Royal Navy General Surgery specialist registrar.

Colonel Professor Linda Orr OBE, PhD, FRCS

Defence Professor of Military Surgery, Consultant ENT Surgeon, RCS England Research Advisor.


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Yemen: War wounds are not the only surgical challenge.

Yemen remains one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. After eight years of conflict, 21.6 million people need humanitarian support; 4.5 million people have been displaced since 2015, of which 76% have been women and children. The national socioeconomic and healthcare systems in Yemen remain on the edge of total collapse, while the continuing conflict, large-scale displacement, uncontrolled inflation and recurring climate shocks have left families vulnerable to communicable disease outbreaks. Millions lack access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services, and the country continues to experience regular outbreaks of cholera, measles, diphtheria and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Healthcare is either unavailable or inaccessible to large parts of the population.

Watch the recording of this webinar to hear directly from those who face the daily challenges of delivering surgical care in one of the most hostile environments.

Date and time: 25 July 2023 6pm BST (GMT+1)


Dr Haydar Alwash: Surgery advisor, MSF Berlin Medical Unit

Dr. Saleh Alwageh: Consultant Surgeon, Althawrah Hospital and Assistant professor of Faculty of Medicine, Ibb University, Yemen


Dr Muaad Mansoor: General Surgeon Specialist; Althawrah General Authority Hospital Ibb, and General Surgeon in MSF in Yemen, Medical Activity Manager and Medical Referent in Yemen. 

Dr Mohammed Sultan: Medical Activity Manager, Kilo Hospital MSF Project


Dr Raoof Saleh; HSI Fellow (Yemen), RCS England and Consultant General Surgeon, Kilo Hospital, Yemen

Miss Rachel Hargest; Co-Director of the Global Surgery Policy Unit and Academic Colorectal Surgeon, Cardiff China Medical Research Collaborative.


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Resilience Humanitarianism: The missing picture in humanitarian surgery

Resilience humanitarianism suggests that people, communities and societies have the capacity to adapt or respond to the impact of a disaster, violence or conflict. It recognises the potential role of local actors in building immediate and long-term solutions in acute crisis situations – and not simply be seen as victims or beneficiaries.

Through the lenses of Cameroon and Syria, this webinar took a critical look at the potential role that local humanitarian actors can play in delivering high-quality humanitarian surgical care in low-resource and conflict settings.

Panellists discussed and explored:

  • models that are locally led and dependent on local volunteers;
  • data collection challenges and quality;
  • formal and informal training, including mentorship opportunities;
  • sustainability challenges, including funding models, local, regional and international partnerships;
  • Interactions with international humanitarian organisations;
  • Tackling multiple health and non-health challenges

Date and time: 14 August 2023 6pm BST (GMT+1)


Dr Georges Bwelle; Consultant General and Digestive Surgeon, Founder of ASCOVIME, a national NGO providing humanitarian specialised healthcare in Cameroon

Mme Esther Omam; Founder and Executive Director of REACHOUT, a local humanitarian organisation


Dr Mustafa Haj Omar; Head of Humanitarian Health Unit of Turkey Mission for NW Syria of Qatar Charity-  Former Vascular Surgeon in field hospitals. 



Dr Tim Fabrice Tientcheu; HSI Fellow (Cameroon), RCS England and Consultant General Surgeon, University of Bamenda, Cameroon

Dr Raoof Saleh; HSI Fellow (Yemen), RCS England and Consultant General Surgeon, Kilo Hospital, Yemen


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Remote surgical training: Models and principles for delivery

Surgical training for young surgeons in remote low and middle-income countries can be difficult. It is costly and inaccessible. Digital technology applications in education have significantly caused a fantastic advance in this field. This webinar discussed and highlighted successful conditions and opportunities. 

The webinar has elaborated on diverse points in Remote training. Our panel were senior consultants in Surgery and Radiology from Cairo University in Egypt.

Titles of the talks: 
1- Laparoscopy training in low and middle-income countries
2- Online Training: Personal Experience
3-Training on Surgical skills: Can it be done remotely?

Date and time:  14 September 2023 6pm (GMT+1) 


Professor Faheem Basiouny; Senior Consultant Surgeon, Professor of Surgery, Cairo University and Head of  The Egyptian Society of Laparoscopic Surgery.

Professor Mamdouh Mahfouz; Senior Consultant Radiologist, Professor of Radiology, Cairo University and Head of  The Scientific Society of Radiology in Egypt.

Professor Mohamed Youssef Seleem; Senior Consultant Surgeon, Professor of Surgery, Cairo University, Humanitarian Surgery Innovation Fellow ( HSI), RCS England and former Head of the Continuous Medical Education and Training Committee in the Egyptian Medical Syndicate


Dr Ashraf Bakr Professor of General Surgery, Cairo University, Egypt

Ahmed Almaqadma HSI Fellow (Palestine), RCS England and Plastic Surgeon at Al-Shifa Medical Complex


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