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Welcome to the Pan African Association of Surgeons

The Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) was founded on 1 August 1995. The Association aims:

  • To address/identify the surgical problems in Africa
  • To co-ordinate surgical training and research

COVID-Surgery Recommendations and Risk Calculator

for Non-Emergency Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic

News Highlights

Global Surgical Training Challenge seeks teams to develop innovative surgical training solutions

The Global Surgical Training Challenge, a collaboration among Nesta Challenges, MIT Solve and Intuitive Foundation, launched this week. The Challenge seeks surgical practitioners, educators, engineers and creatives to develop surgical simulation training modules for low resource settings.

Over the next two years, the Challenge will award $US 5 million to support teams in the development and testing of prototypes.

The first phase kicks off with a series of virtual, high-energy Solveathon workshops, run by MIT Solve. They are designed to build teams and strengthen their applications for the Challenge. To learn more, sign up at

FoSAS Consensus Document on Resumption of Elective Surgery

Federation of Surgeons of South Africa consensus document for the resumption of elective surgery after level 5 COVID -19 “lockdown” period in South Africa.

Download the Consensus here.

Covid-19 News: Call to limit non-essential surgery

Along with Surgicom, PAAS encourage the immediate postponement of all elective and non-essential surgery during the 21-day lock-down announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. This will reduce traffic through our hospitals and therefore reduce contact and risk of transmission, protect healthcare professionals, improve the availability of personnel when really needed and spare precious resources (masks, gloves, alcohol) that are already in critically short supply.

We anticipate that urgent and semi-urgent surgery will continue through this time but we must anticipate logistical difficulties as hospital and ICU beds become occupied with Covid-19 patients.

Advances In Global Surgery Implementation

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Call for Applications: Global Surgery Small Grants

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PAAS Conference in Addis Ababa - February 2017

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