ABOUT US

Surgical Systems Research Group is a health, research, and technology non profit organization founded in Kenya in September 2018 and registered in the United States.

Our mission is to rapidly expand access to health services by leveraging youth, technology, and community health workers (CHWs) in Kenya and beyond. Our vision is to increase the number of women and children accessing life saving health services by a factor of 10 in 5 years using our model.

We are a small, nimble team, experienced in navigating both local and global forces. Members of our team come from different backgrounds and disciplines. Women and youth are well-represented on our team. Our experienced board members are knowledgeable in legal matters, the community health strategy, primary health care, education, nursing, and politics.

Our core activities include connecting communities to hospitals providing comprehensive health services using technology, CHWs, and youth; leveraging government initiatives including national health insurance & the community health strategy; developing applications for data collection; impact evaluations including cost effective analyses; household surveys; and monitoring and evaluation.


As part of the COVID-19 response we achieved the following: 1359 community health workers trained and mentored:

  • 300’000 digital households visits completed

  • 200 youth engaged

  • 64 clinicians trained from 28 facilities & all equipped with pulse oximeters.

  • 852 adolescent girls trained in leadership skills and mentored.

Articles and features


Our founder was featured by the World Economic Forum as a top young woman leader: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/03/presenting-six-inspirational-young-female-leaders-2824263b17/

She was also featured as one of the top women responding to COVID-19:

https://www.weforum.org/.../2021/02/women-stem-covid-19-un/; https://vimeo.com/463343802/a7fe9454f8 (this one is a video describing our work during COVID-19).

PARTNERS

Our founder is part of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Program and is founding curator of the Kisumu Hub for the Global Shapers Program. Our current work is in partnership with the Siaya & Turkana County Ministries of Health, and we have current assignments with Wellcome Trust and the World Health Organization.

 

Call to action:
Here is the link for gofundme: https://gofund.me/34d85e7d We are fundraising to keep adolescent girls in schools.

Additional article on a youth movement calling for COVID-19 vaccine equity: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736

KEY PEOPLE

Committed to the Cause

NEEMA KASEJE

Founding Director

VINCENT WERE

Health Economist

FAITH MAGUT

IT & Statistics

SOLUTIONS FOR SURGERY AFRICA HACKATHON
AUGUST 2018 KISUMU, KENYA

PARTICIPANTS

JUSTINAH KAVATA

BSc in Public Health

FRANK AKANKWASA

IT, Developer

HELLEN AKARO

Medical Student

MICHAEL KISIGIRO

Medical Student

AARON WANGE

Business Student, Makerere University Uganda

KIM MOBE

Student, TMLC, Kisumu

STALLONE NICHOLAS

Student, TMLC, Kisumu