Dr. Dennis Mazingi’s quest to improve access to safe surgery for children globally

By Mikyla Jade Rata, Global Surgery Fellow, Operation Smile

Dr. Dennis Mazingi
Operation Smile recently hosted Dr. Dennis Mazingi to speak to our staff on advancing global pediatric surgery.
Operation Smile is helping to build pediatric surgical capacity in countries like Rwanda, where it partners with the University of Rwanda, the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa, and the Rwandan Surgical Society to train the next generation of reconstructive plastic surgeons in the country. In 2022, the first cohort of residents graduated from the three-year program, more than doubling Rwanda’s reconstructive plastic surgeons from two to five. Pictured here are Rwanda’s first female plastic surgeon and program graduate, Françoise Mukagaju, with mentor Dr. Charles Furaha pf the University of Rwanda. Operation Smile photo by Jörgen Hildebrandt.



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