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dr neema kaseje

Dr Neema Kaseje: is a trained pediatric surgeon and public health specialist. She is Founding Director of the Surgical Systems Research Group based in Kisumu, Kenya. She is committed to global health equity and improving access to surgical care as a pathway to rapidly achieving Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Her previous work has included implementing a capacity building program for pediatric surgical care provision in Haiti in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health. Furthermore, she successfully implemented a project training Community Health Workers to identify and refer pediatric surgical cases to the formal health system in Western Kenya. She has led hospital assessments to evaluate the capacity to deliver safe surgical care globally.

She is actively involved in the Global Initiative for Children's Surgery, and the Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care at the World Health Organization (WHO). She is committed to youth in Africa and recently launched a regional Hackathon bringing together young people from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania to explore technology solutions that would rapidly increase access to surgical care in the region. She is currently leading the strategic support of a UBS Optimus funded collaborative surgical project aiming to bring surgical care closer to rural communities in Nicaragua. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017, and was recently appointed to lead the World Health Organization Programme in Emergency and Essential Surgical Care.