The Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS) Program

There are only three female surgeons for every 1 million people in low-income countries.

The Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS) program is a partnership between ReSurge International and SkinCeuticals, a L’Oreal company, to advance first generation women reconstructive surgeons in underserved parts of the world.

Together, we created the Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS) program to support women through surgical training, leadership development, and mentorship networking.

Watch the PWRS Program in Action

We are tackling the gender gap in global surgery to help the 5 billion people in low- income countries who lack access
to surgical care.

One Third
Less than 1/3 of surgeons globally are female
Women only make up 7% of the surgical workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa
5 billion people worldwide lack access to surgical care

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Matolase Mtonga, 1987 - 2021

The late Dr. Matolase Mtonga of the PWRS program was on track to become Zambia's first woman reconstructive surgeon. In honor of her perseverance, leadership, and aspirations for a world where no one suffered needlessly due to a lack of access to reconstructive surgical care, ReSurge and SkinCeuticals have established an annual scholarship in her name. The Matolase Mtonga Scholarship for Women in Reconstructive Surgery will be awarded annually to one woman from a low- or middle-income country who is training in reconstructive surgery.
Matolase Mtonga
The Application for the 2022/23 Matolase Mtonga Scholarship closed on April 2, 2022. The 2023/24 application will post in the Spring of 2023.

By making a gift in memory of Matalose, you are continuing her great legacy to inspire, train, fund, and scale reconstructive surgical teams in Zambia and to provide life-changing care to patients with the greatest need through ReSurge all across the globe.

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