Tea with Africa - Global Surgery: History, Current Directions and Future Opportunities

Global Surgery: History, Current Directions and Future Opportunities

The George Institute for Global Health invites you to its next webinar in the 'Tea with Africa' conversation series on “Global Surgery: History, Current Directions and Future Opportunities” on Wednesday 25th October 2023 at 7:00 am GMT, 8:00 am WAT, 8:00 am BST, 9:00 am CAT, 10:00 am EAT, 12:30 pm IST, 6:00 pm AEDT.

In this panel discussion, the speakers will share insights around impact of global surgery research on clinical practice, health systems and policies, equitable partnerships and future opportunities across the world.

The session also intends to build a deeper understanding of how global surgery efforts are reshaping the surgical and anaesthesia landscape, contributing to improved surgical care access, quality, and outcomes for populations in African region and around the world.


  • Dr Kathryn Chu, Director & Professor, Centre for Global Surgery, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
  • Dr Fungai Dengu, Academic Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford, Surgical Registrar, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 
  • Dr Dennis Mazingi, Research Assistant, Injury Prevention, George Institute UK, PhD Candidate, Oxford University.


  • Dr Deepika Saluja

About Tea with Africa

The 'Tea with Africa' series is part of The George Institute's efforts to promote global health collaboration with African researchers, institutions, and communities. Each event allows for the exchange of knowledge between African and non-African researchers. Participants are encouraged to share their unique challenges and solutions, as well as discuss the implications for different regions. Those who wish to contribute more or connect with others are encouraged to share contact information and/or send event reflections for possible inclusion in the event wrap-up blog.


  • Dr Kathryn Chu

    Dr Kathryn Chu is a general and colorectal surgeon. She is the Inaugural Director for the Centre for Global Surgery at Stellenbosch University. Her main research interest is improving equitable access to surgical care in Africa. She has been involved in global health education and research on the continent for over a decade.  She is a CUGH board member, a technical advisor for the WHO in Integrated Clinical Care, and the former Vice-President for Medicins Sans Frontieres-Southern Africa, a humanitarian medical organisation.

    Dr Kathryn Chu
  • Dr Dennis Mazingi

    Dr Dennis Mazingi is a medical doctor and general surgeon with a special interest in paediatric injury prevention, global surgery, and surgically correctable NCDs. He has worked in clinical medicine and surgery in Southern Africa for almost a decade and is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences in the Global Surgery Group.

    Dennis Mazingi headshot
  • Dr Fungai Dengu

    Dr Fungai Dengu is an Academic Clinical Lecturer and General Surgery Registrar specialising in Transplant Surgery. He is the faculty member of the Global Surgery Group and undergraduate Surgical Tutor at the University of Oxford. His interests lie in surgical system strengthening and surgical innovation in LMICs as well as the intersection of different disciplines including economics, political economy and global health diplomacy.

    Fungai Dengu
  • Host/moderator: Dr Deepika Saluja

    Dr Deepika Saluja is the Program Manager for the Africa Initiative at The George Institute for Global Health.

    Deepika holds a PhD in Public Health Policy from the IIM Ahmedabad, India. With an interdisciplinary background in science, management, and policy degrees, her interests span across different areas of public health including healthcare for the frontline workforce, SRH, mental health, and legislations for strengthening accountability. Deepika holds widespread experience in consulting with various national and international development sector organisations and writes extensively on her experiences. Dr Saluja is an Emerging Voice for Global Health (EV4GH 2016), co-founder and current chair of the Women in Global Health India Chapter, and a strong advocate of bringing diversity, equity and inclusion in all spaces.

    Deepika Saluja