Access to safe surgery and anaesthesia remain a significant issue in many parts of the world. In an era of medicine that is increasingly interconnected and global, it is paramount that we recognise this inequity and take measures to improve surgical care beyond our own borders.
We are excited to feature Professor Sudha Jayaraman, Director of the Center of Global Surgery at The University of Utah, USA. Professor Jayaraman has worked on several projects on trauma epidemiology and trauma systems development in Rwanda and Uganda, is an examiner for students and graduating surgery cheif residents at teaching hospitals in Rwanda and Ecuador and has authored numerous publications on low and middle income countries (LMIC). In addition to her busy surgical schedule and humanitarian work, she finds the time to encourage medical students to give back globally and advocates for students to learn and understand the complexities of health care globally.
Joining her is Associate Professor Salome Maswime, Head of Global Surgery at The University of Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to working with women with high risk pregnancies as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Maswime’s research interests are in global surgery, related to caesarean sections and placental causes of stillbirths. She is an advocate for women’s health rights and equity in maternal healthcare. In 2020, she was announced as one of the World Economic Forum’s Class of 2020 Young Scientists, a group of 25 notable researchers who are “at the forefront of scientific discovery”.