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2018 ACS-COSECSA Women Scholars Program Winners

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To help address the shortage of surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Operation Giving Back (OGB) program in partnership with the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA), launched the Women Scholars Program, which is intended to support women in their surgical residency.
This scholarship is intended to help cover the recipients’ educational expenses, including accreditation, fellowship examination, and five-year membership dues to COSECSA and the ACS. Five women from Ethiopia and Zambia, were recipients of the 2018 scholarships:

Mumba ChalweMumba Chalwe

Dr. Mumba Chalwe is Zambia’s first female urologist. In the culturally conservative Zambia, she studied the controversial specialty of urology which focuses on men’s health. Dr. Chalwe believes strongly in encouraging personal development by embracing the various faucets of one's life and heritage. Her passion is visible and tangible in all she does; through her work as a surgeon, her advocacy for improved female representation in the medical field and spills over into her day to day interactions with friends and colleagues alike.

Academically Mumba boasts of several awards from various organizations worldwide and has made award winning presentations at the largest University in her home country. Awards include bursaries, training grants, travel grants, and even a nomination in the auspicious Global First Ladies Alliance Future of Women 2017 Award. Dr. Chalwe was also recently nominated for the Phenomenal African Woman 2018 award and continues to strive for academic excellence in the field of surgery through continued training, while championing causes that promote continued education especially for females in STEM, with the overarching aim of working towards the UN SDG 5 of promoting gender equality.

Dr Yemisirach Bizuneh AkililuYemisirach Akililu

Dr Yemisirach Bizuneh Akililu is a final year, female, neurosurgery resident at Addis Ababa University Tikur Anebessa Specialized Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She worked as a general practitioner and a lecturer for two years before commencing residency training program in neurosurgery. In addition to this, Dr Yemisirach B. is involved in thematic researches that are being conducted by the neurosurgery unit in collaboration with other departments. She also has an interest in participating on outreach programs organized by different institutions. Dr Yemisirach B. lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr. Happiness RabielHappiness Rabiel

Dr. Happiness Rabiel is a general surgeon at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences with three years of experience in general surgery practice and currently awaits to sit for FCS neurosurgery offered by COSECSA. Dr. Rabiel has been attending to neurosurgical cases, both emergency and planned, at Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute Department of Neurosurgery since 2014 and is involved in teaching undergraduate medical student who do their rotations in the department as well.

Dr. Aingaya Jackson KaaleAingaya Kaale

Dr. Aingaya Jackson Kaale completed her MSc Neurosurgery from Muhimbili University of Allied and Health Sciences and is one of the first two female neurosurgeons in Tanzania. She worked in the Neurosurgery Department as a registrar from 2009-2012 before joining her master’s in general surgery program. Currently, she is awaiting an opportunity to sit for FCS in neurosurgery offered by COSECSA.

During her training, Dr. Kaale taught medical students and was also involved in training Master of Medicine candidates during their neurosurgery rotations. She is actively involved in mentoring young females in medicine to join the surgical field.

Musas KadMusas Kad


Congratulations to this year’s winners!