Of the 80 million people displaced by persecution, conflict, and violence, up to 34 million of those displaced are children below 18 years old (UNHCR, 2020). Furthermore, according to UNICEF, 41 million children are affected by conflict or disaster. In the last decade, more than 2 million children have died…


Two billion children lack access to surgical services leading to more than 6 million deaths every year (1). More than 6 million children die from congenital disorders, injury, and cancer (2). Young adolescent girls, particularly in Africa, die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth (2).

The lack of access to…


Inclusion and Women Leadership — Cross-cutting Mechanisms for Tackling the Maternal and Adolescent Health Crises in Africa

In less than a week, more than 1000 global leaders from politics, business, civil society, and academia will convene in Cape Town for the World Economic Forum on Africa. The overriding theme is inclusive growth and shared futures. Opportune themes for the youngest continent. By 2035, Africa will have the…


Written by: Neema Kaseje & Simon Smiles

Life-saving children's surgery:

Globally more than 1 billion children lack access to life-saving surgical care, leading to millions of deaths. The majority of these children live in emerging economies with the youngest populations. …


Leveraging the Power of African Women Leaders to Transform Maternal and Child Health in Africa

Last week, the Forbes Woman Leading Women Summit in Durban South Africa brought together 500 top influential women leaders from all over Africa. Phenomenal women from East, West, and Southern Africa representing government, the private…

Neema Kaseje

Humanitarian surgeon/surgical systems specialist/ Founding Director — Surgical Systems Research Group

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