Saturday (May, 6th 2017), the National Working Group (NWG) in Rwanda -InciSioN Rwanda- organized their first global surgery workshop at the University of Rwanda, with the aim of introducing local students and doctors to the actual surgical needs in developing countries, such as Rwanda.
<Dominique Vervoort, Isaac Ndayishimiye>
The event was built around means of coping with the lack of access to surgical care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The event was an interactive competition with three teams (participants) and judges (local surgeons), starting off with a brainstorming session on surgical care needs in Rwanda, wound management and surgical infections. This was followed by a session on capacity building by Dr. Christian Ngarambe -Head of Department of Surgery at the University Teaching Hospital of Butare (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Butare – CHUB)- and ended with a practical surgical skills session by Dr. Ahmed Kiswezi (CHUB).
From left to right: Dr. Philemon (CHUB – Dep. of Surgery), Dr. Christian Ngarambe (CHUB – Head of Dep. of Surgery), Dr. Ahmed Kiswezi (CHUB – Dep. of Surgery)
With the initial interest of participants already being high, the event only strengthened their interest, shown by the large amount of attendees willing to contribute to InciSioN Rwanda (over 60 people signed up for active membership in the NWG). We would like to congratulate InciSioN Rwanda for their great work and start, and are excited to see the promising future they have ahead!