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RENU powers surgical operations in Uganda

Words: Hastings Ndebvu, UbuntuNet Alliance 

When Dr. Michael Marin, a vascular surgeon and Chief of Surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, USA, thought of extending Mount Sinai’s surgical knowledge and care to other parts of the world, he did not expect the beneficiary facility would enjoy reliable high-speed internet connectivity to facilitate the transfer of such knowledge in Uganda.

Thanks to the Internet connectivity provided by the Research and Education Network of Uganda (RENU), Mount Sinai can offer remote surgical services assistance to the Kyabirwa Surgical Facility Centre in the East African Nation.

Dr. Marin heralded the establishment of the surgical facility, as one way of extending surgical services to millions of people around the world that are in dire need of surgical services.

The initiative is focused on sharing surgery knowledge from one part of the world to another efficiently. Currently, over 5 billion people around the world do not have access to safe and affordable surgery. After considerations, we opted to build a surgical center in Kyabirwa, Uganda due to the stability of the country and the presence of many NGOs working in healthcare in the area”, says Dr. Marin.

Read the whole story on AfricaConnect3 website.