SHARE: Building A Global Surgery Workforce
The PSF’s Surgeons in Humanitarian Alliance for Reconstruction, Research and Education (SHARE) initiative focuses on building surgical capacity in regions of the world with limited numbers of plastic surgeons but high incidence of conditions requiring plastic surgery treatment.
This panel features Dr. Faustin Ntirenganya and Dr. Charles Furaha, two Rwandan plastic surgeons who developed the country’s first plastic surgery training program in 2019, and will share their experiences using virtual and in-country support to launch and expand this effort.
The panel will also highlight the SHARE program’s clinical and research curriculum, which was designed based on the input of Global Fellows. The program’s inaugural class of graduating fellows and research grant recipients will also be featured, including presentations by several of the fellows.
SHARE leaders will discuss the accomplishments and lessons learned during the first years of the program, as well as future plans for SHARE – including an introduction of the next cohort from sub-Saharan Africa beginning in 2023.
Charles Furaha, MD
The first Rwandan plastic surgeon, Dr. Furaha trained in South Africa at Witwatersrand University and qualified in 2011 as a Fellow of the College of Plastic Surgeons of South Africa in May 2011. He is also a soldier and works at the Rwanda Military Hospital.
Faustin Ntirenganya, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda and Director of NIHR Research Hub on Global surgery, Rwanda.