Since 2014, we have sponsored the ongoing training of Dr. Wone Banda, Malawi’s natively trained plastic surgeon, as a ConnectMed Visiting Scholar. We met Dr. Banda during our outreach trips to Lilongwe. We were struck by her intelligence and professionalism, and her dedication to pediatric care, especially craniofacial and burn issues.
With our support, Dr. Banda has:
In December of 2016, she returned to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre where she trained. There she is one of 3 plastic surgeons for a population (in southern Malawi) of 6,890,375. She will soon start up the plastic surgery department at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe. And in September 2017, she will participate in ConnectMed’s first International Fellowship, rotating with various plastic and reconstructive surgery specialists in Mexico City and Tijuana for 6-9 months.
In addition, ConnectMed has and will continue to help Dr. Banda and the team with which she works resources that the hospitals where she works lack, such as the medical supplies that Riverpoint Medical and Scanlan International generously donated.