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The ReSurge International Program in Africa (RIPA)

Sub-Saharan Africa has the most acute shortage of reconstructive surgical care in the world, with approximately one reconstructive surgeon for every 10 million people.

The ReSurge International Program in Africa (RIPA) confronts this deficit by increasing the pipeline of medical professionals to provide reconstructive surgery in the region, while also providing financial support to qualified reconstructive surgeons in the region who provide care for the poor.

RIPA combines ReSurge’s 50-year experience in teaching and delivering safe reconstructive surgery with new virtual training and visiting educator programs to enhance partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a bold plan to train the first generation of African reconstructive surgeons in many countries.

To develop and orchestrate the program, ReSurge has partnered with the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSESCA).

Access to Care for Lydia in Zimbabwe

We are training the next generation of reconstructive surgeons throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, and funding the work of local Surgical Outreach Partners to provide direct care for the poor at no cost to patients like Lydia. Watch her story.

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Sub-Saharan Africa has the most acute shortage of reconstructive surgical care.
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93% of the population lack access to surgical care.
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There is only 1 reconstructive surgeon for every 10 Million people.
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The RIPA program provides training, curriculum development, scholarships, regional study exchanges, exam and membership fees, and eLearning centers for places of study.

Read our latest RIPA Impact Report

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ReSurge is proud to partner with the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

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