Prof Emmanuel Makasa

Speeches by Prof Emmanuel Makasa

[Day 3]
DAY 3: Friday April 28, 2023. 10:15- 11:00
Theme: The surgeon at the centre of system advocacy, beyond NSOAPS

Professor Emmanuel Malabo Makasa
MMed(Orth), FCS, MPH, MBChB, BSc.HB

Professor Emmanuel Malabo Makasa is an Adjunct Professor of Global Surgery and the founding director of the Southern Africa Development Community’s University of Witwatersrand Regional Collaboration Centre for Surgical Healthcare Improvement (WitSSurg). He chairs the regional SADC technical experts working group on surgical healthcare and he is a strong advocate for surgical healthcare improvement within health systems strengthening. He has mobilised and coordinated multiple state and none-state actor stakeholders within the United Nations Systems, the Global Health community, within clinical care, and within the social-development ecosystems around surgical systems improvement. He has presented on and published about safe, equitable and affordable universal access to emergency care, critical care, and operative care services in Surgery, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia healthcare under the umbrella of Universal Health Coverage(SDG No .3) and in Emergency Preparedness and Response, in line with the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Professor Makasa is a consultant and Global Health diplomat active on the global, regional, national and sub-national platforms advancing surgical healthcare policy formulation, integration and analysis, surgical healthcare programming, and service delivery. He currently supports the sixteen SADC Member States and has previously supported and worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO), including the European Investment Bank (EIB). He previously served as the Republic of Zambia’s Health Attaché at the United Nations in Geneva and Vienna (2012-2017) during which time he chaired and led negotiations resulting in resolutions WHA67.15, WHA68.15 and Decision WHA70(22). He was the technical coordinator of the “Geneva African Health Experts” – Health Attachés from the African Union’s Permanent Missions at the UN in Geneva for the year 2014, where he supported the mobilisation and coordination of the international response against Ebola in West Africa.

Prof. Emmanuel Malabo Makasa has senior health systems management experience, having served as Director Holding attached to Health and Wellness in the Public Service Management Division, in the Office of the President of the Republic of Zambia; he has served as Assistant Registrar Licensure of the Health Professionals Council of Zambia and before that as Deputy Director responsible for Emergency Health Services at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Zambia. Prof. Emmanuel Malabo Makasa is a practicing clinician – a consultant Orthopaedics & Trauma surgeon for the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Zambia, based at the University Teaching Hospitals, with interests in musculoskeletal health for children and adolescents.

Professionally, he serves as Honorary Lecturer in Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery for the University of Zambia, School of Medicine. He is an honorary Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East Central & Southern Africa (COSECSA). He also currently serves as a member of the World Health Organisations Expert Advisory Panel on Surgical Care and Anaesthesia (2019-2022); as a member of the Advisory Board of the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS), a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lusaka Orthopaedics Research & Education Trust (LORET) and he serves on the Executive Board of
Africa Directions (AD) – a community-based Lusaka NGO. Prof. Makasa is a member of the Leadership Team of the Global Surgery Foundation (GSF) and he previously served as a member of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS). He was the Secretary General of the Zambia Medical Association (2007-2008) and the Secretary General of the Surgical Society of Zambia (2006-2007). He was a Visiting Scholar (2018) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the Hugh Greenwood Speaker (2017) at the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) and the A J Orenstein Lecturer (2017) at the University of Witwatersrand.

Professor Emmanuel Malabo Makasa was a Fulbright Scholar in Global Public Health Epidemiology (2007-2009) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is the COSECSA Rahima Dawood Travelling Fellow for the year 2020/21.