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Neema Kaseje

Dr Neema Kaseje is a surgeon for children and Founding Director of the Surgical Systems Research Group based in Kenya. She has implemented a capacity building program for pediatric surgical care provision in Haiti in partnership with Hopital Universitaire Mirebalais, a Partners in Health and Haitian Ministry of Health hospital. She successfully implemented a pilot 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 pediatric 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.