Operation Smile is committed to building surgical capacity in Rwanda. But with only two certified reconstructive plastic surgeons serving a population of more than 11 million people. After years of collaborating with local health professionals during our cleft-focused medical missions, we learned that the country’s health system is unable to keep up with its demand for all types of reconstructive plastic surgery, forcing many people to wait months or even years to receive the care they need.
Thanks to the initiative and commitment of Drs. Steve Naum and Bruce Ferris of the United States, Rwandan plastic surgeon Dr. Faustin Ntirenganya and Rwandan anesthesiologist Dr. Paulin Banguti, Operation Smile and the University of Rwanda now conduct three-week surgical training rotations twice a year at Rwinkwavu Hospital.
Since 2015, Stryker’s support has helped Operation Smile build the skills and knowledge of Rwandan general surgery and anesthesia residents, who will utilize this training to perform safe and effective reconstructive plastic surgery procedures in their local district hospitals. Ready and willing to serve their country, these surgical residents will become part of the solution addressing the country’s surgical backlog.
For more information about our work, visit: https://www.operationsmile.org
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