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Meet the WiSA Board Members

The WiSA Board is comprised of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Officer.

Ms Faith Muchemwa – Chairperson:

Faith PhotoMs Faith C Muchemwa is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe (MBChB, 1998). She worked as a senior house officer in Plastic Surgery until 2003 when she decided to pursue research in Molecular biology of skin cancers. She graduated with a PhD from Kumamoto University in Japan in 2008.

On her return to Zimbabwe in 2010, Ms Muchemwa was appointed a Senior Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, in the Department of Immunology, where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students. She also supervises Masters and PhD students with their research projects. In 2011, she enrolled as a Plastic Surgery Trainee with the College of Surgeons, East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

The Zimbabwe Association of Surgeons in Training (ZASiT) was inaugurated in 2012 and Dr Muchemwa was elected first President. Being one of only two female trainees at the time, Ms Muchemwa always longed for an increased participation of females in Surgery. She was supported by the RCSI-COSECSA, to explore why women were choosing not to enter surgery as a specialty of choice. This research resulted in one publication and 2 presentations at the COSECSA AGM (2013) and the Bethune Round Table of International Surgery (2014). This raised great awareness on this subject, leading to the formation, in 2014, of DREAM: a group of female medical students and junior doctors with a desire to pursue Surgery as a career of choice, for which she is Patron.

With the support of RCSI-COSECSA collaboration, Ms Muchemwa attended the 35th Association of Women Surgeons Conference in Chicago in 2015.  This solidified a collaboration with this well-established group of successful female surgeons.

Ms Muchemwa was recently conferred with a Fellowship to the College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery (FCS Plast) and she won the medal for best Plastic Surgery Trainee, 2015. She has trained in Plastic Surgery internationally; in Canada (2013) and in England (2015).

Ms Muchemwa enjoys a vast amount of international collaboration from international organisations such as Smile Train, 2nd Chance, Operation of Hope, ReSurge International and LEAP foundation. She greatly enjoys discussions pertaining to Global Surgery. She looks forward to more involvement and participation in future events.

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Dr Agneta Odera – Vice Chairperson:

Dr Agneta OdeAgneta Photora holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of Nairobi, Kenya. Dr Odera is a 2012 graduate of COSECSA as well as PAACS, the Pan African Academy Of Christian Surgeons. She received the Marie Rahima Dawood award as Best student in General Surgery FCS- ECSA 2012 and was the first female Fellow in the college to win the award. Dr Odera is currently working as General Surgeon and serves as a faculty member training residents with COSECSA based at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya.  Dr Odera will shortly commence a fellowship in Paediatric Surgery with special interest in sub-specialization in peadiatric cardiothoracic surgery.

Dr Odera is involved in local and international Christian Medical Dental Association , CMDA as well as Global Health Missions Conference , GHMC meetings, Speaker GHMC Louisville, Kentucky 2009. She also provides surgical care to the needy and under served; training, mentoring and capacity building of students, interns and residents. Dr Odera is especially interested in empowering females in leadership roles at the work place while embracing their femininity, given abilities and other roles. Dr Odera is a very proud member of WISA!

Dr Ainhoa Costas Chavarri – Secretary:

Ainhoa PhotoDr. Ainhoa Costas Chavarri is a General Surgeon who does full-time global surgery work with an emphasis on breast cancer and global oncology. She has been living and working in Rwanda for the past three years teaching and training Rwandan surgery post-graduates and medical students. She enjoys travelling, foreign films, learning new languages and getting lost inside libraries.

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Dr Pamela T K Samoyo – Treasurer:

Pamela photoDr Pamela Samoyo is a senior resident in orthopaedic surgery at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania. Zimbabwean born and bred, she received her MD (2010) from Ryazan Ivan Petrovich Pavlov Medical University, Russia, afterwhich she did her internship at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania. Dr Samoyo’s interests are in paediatric orthopaedic surgery, arthroplasty, research and teaching. Currently she is doing a six month (September 2015-March 2016) fellowship in paediatric orthopaedics at Beit CURE Malawi, a clinical fellowship by the COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link (COOL) programme. She is involved in research on outcomes of clubfoot treatment.

Dr Samoyo has served as the secretary (2014-15) of the postgraduate ministry at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College. She is registered with the medical council of Tanganyika and is a full member of Women in Surgery Africa (WISA). Being the only female orthopaedic resident at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Dr Samoyo understands the challenges of being a woman and a surgeon in a male dominated field. Dr Samoyo advocates for gender equality in medicine and the bolstering of surgical services in African countries.

Tweet Pamela @PSamoyo

Dr Chiku Clara Mpanga – Membership Officer:

Chiku photoDr Chiku Clara Mpanga is a resident in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr Mpanga received her MD (2008) from University of Malawi, College of Medicine and is currently studying for a Master of Medicine in Orthopaedics. She is currently working at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital which is the largest Tertiary and Teaching Hospital in Malawi. Dr Mpanga is also involved in teaching Undergraduate students at University of Malawi, College of Medicine.  She is the  Membership Officer for WISA and a firm advocate of education for girls.

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