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Our focus is to increase awareness of the lessons learnt during the outbreaks of Ebola, HIV and COVID-19 and how it has affected the management of surgical patients. A particular focus of the conference would be on safety, training, access to PPE, equity and hospital preparedness.



Nobhojit Roy
General and Trauma Surgeon
Mumbai, India

Nobhojit Roy trained as a ​General and Trauma ​surgeon in Mumbai, India and the U.K. He also holds a MPH from John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MA, USA and a PhD ​from​ the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden on surgical outcomes and health systems in resource-poor settings. He was Professor and Chief of surgery providing universal healthcare to 100,000 people in suburban Mumbai. His department is the designated WHO Collaborating centre for research in Surgical care delivery in the LMICs (SEARO region). Thereafter, ​he was the National Advisor, Public Health Planning and Evidence at the think-tank of the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) called the National Health systems Resource centre (NHSRC).


Currently, he is the Director of Health Systems Strengthening team at CARE-India (funded by BMGF), which is the Technical support and resource unit to the Health department of the Govt of Bihar, a state of 110 million people in India. He has been one of the Lancet commissioners for Global Surgery (2013-2015) representing South East Asia Region ( and currently, is a Lancet commissioner for NCD and Injuries in the poorest billion (

Salome Maswime
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Cape Town, South Africa

Salome Maswime is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and the President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society. She was the Discovery MGH research fellow in 2018 at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and a former lecturer at the Wits University.  


Salome is from Limpopo province, South Africa. After qualifying as a medical doctor at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Maswime completed a Fellowship and a Masters in Medicine degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has worked in various hospitals in South Africa. She is recognized as a maternal health and global surgery expert. She has received numerous awards for her tenacity and commitment to maternal health, including awards from the former President of South Africa, Mail & Guardian, and Africa Forbes. She is a Next Einstein Fellow.

Hakon Bolkan
Abdominal Surgeon
Trondheim, Norway

Håkon Bolkan is a consultant abdominal surgeon at Trondheim University Hospital, previous president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Norway. He is the founder and chairman of CapaCare, a non-governmental organization providing advanced surgical training to clinical officers and medical doctors nationwide in Sierra Leone since 2011. His research interest has been scalable solutions to increase access to quality surgical care in low income countries. During the West-African Ebola outbreak he studied the impact of the pandemic on routine surgical care in Sierra Leone.

Mahalet Tadesse
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Dr Tadesse is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University and the President of the Ethiopian Society of Anaesthesiologists.


 Dr Tadesse has extensive experience in simulation training in Anaesthesia and has worked with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to increase the capacity of the Anaesthesiology residency programme as well as the expansion of training in Critical Care.  She has recently worked with Lifebox on guidelines on COVID-19 preparedness within the surgical, obstetric and anaesthetic ecosystem in Sub Saharan Africa. She is also the Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Fellow at Addis Ababa University and has experience of working in Critical Care during the current pandemic.

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