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Helping Oumar Be Mali's First Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon

In Mali, there is only one physician for every 12,800 people—and no reconstructive plastic surgeons. But Dr. Oumar Coulibaly is out to change that. He hopes one day to be his country’s first pediatric plastic surgeon to help poor children receive the reconstructive care they need.

For the last few years, ReSurge has witnessed the remarkable dedication of this young, local physician during its volunteer surgical team trips to Bamako. Our volunteers saw that he potentially could restore the lives of hundreds of impoverished children every year with further training.

With help from generous donors Nancy and John Cassidy, founder of Klutz, ReSurge is building the surgical capacity in Mali by helping Dr. Coulibaly receive additional specialized pediatric surgical training.

Empowering doctors like Dr. Coulibaly to transform the lives of children in their own countries has proven to be a very cost-effective means of increasing medical access.

Due to the recent political situation in Mali, Dr. Coulibaly has moved his studies to Cote d'Ivoire. He is currently in his final year of pediatric surgery training in Abidjan, finishing his course work and conducting research.

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