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The University of Cape Town
invites you to an inaugural lecture
by Professor Salome Maswime


Topic: From caesarean section-related complications to global surgical systems strengthening.

Caesarean sections are the most widely performed surgery in the world, yet African women are fifty times more likely to die from caesarean section complications, than women in high-income countries. A billion people in Africa don’t have access to safe and timely surgery. This is the focus of Global Surgery - a relatively new and inspiring interdisciplinary field of enquiry, research, practice, and advocacy that aims to strengthen surgical systems, improve health outcomes and achieve health equity for all people who need surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care, with a special emphasis on underserved, marginalised populations, and those in crisis.

Date: Wednesday, 12 July 2023
Time: 17:00 SAST
Venue: New Lecture Theatre, Upper campus, UCT

Prof Salome Maswime

About our speaker

Salome Maswime is Professor and Head of the Global Surgery Division; an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and chair of the University of the Future Project at the University of Cape Town. She is a member of the Academy of Science South Africa, Chairperson of the Health Systems Trust Board; Vice-President of Women in Global Health South Africa; founder and President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society, Global Council member of LifeBox; board member of FALF and SHAWCO, and member of the FIGO Committee on Ethical Aspects of Human Reproduction. After specialising, she completed her MMed and PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She did a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has a diploma in Project Management, a Certificate in Leading Organisations and Change from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed the Young Physician Leaders Programme with ESMT Graduate Business School in Berlin, has a Certificate in Programme Management at UCT, and a certificate in Higher Education Teaching from Harvard.


Salome is a clinician scientist who has worked in several hospitals in South Africa, including the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, where she spent 10 years. Her research is about access to safe and timely obstetric surgery and birth outcomes, and has pioneered an academic programme in Global Surgery. She has received numerous awards for her research contribution to maternal health, including the trailblazer and young achiever award by the President of South Africa in 2017. In 2020, she was listed on Mail and Guardian’s 50 most powerful women in South Africa, and was awarded a Midcareer Scientist award by the South African Medical Research Council. Salome was named a Next Einstein Fellow in 2019, a World Economic Forum Young Scientist in 2020, a Young Shaper of the Future of Health and Medicine by Encyclopaedia Brittanica in 2021, and the winner of Tumani Corrah Prize for Research Excellence in 2022.

Venue capacity for this lecture has been reached. A recording of the lecture will be made available on the FHS YouTube channel. You can also join the live lecture via MS Teams.