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Kokila Lakhoo, Associate Professor of Paediatric Surgery at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, has been awarded a Carnegie-Wits Alumni Diaspora Fellowship for 2019 and the title of Honorary Professor of Paediatric Surgery by the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Kokila lakhoo awarded andrew carnegie fellowship
Professor Lakhoo (front row, second from the right) at the South African Global Surgery Society (SAGSS) event

Professor Lakhoo is developing paediatric surgery through a link in Tanzania and has collaborative research projects in Malawi and South Africa. She is chair of the International Forum for the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and is the President of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS).

This month, Professor Lakhoo spent a week reviewing a research programme in the Department of Paediatric Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand, where several collaborative research programmes with Oxford University have been put in place.

During her visit, she also gave a lecture on global children’s surgical development to the Medical Science Faculty of the University of Witwatersrand, and gave two inspirational lectures on surgical collaboration in Africa and breaking barriers in surgery to the newly formed South African Global Surgery Society (SAGSS).

About the Carnegie-Wits Alumni Diaspora Fellowship

The Carnegie-Wits Alumni Diaspora Fellowship seeks to stimulate research collaboration and networking between leading health sciences alumni, who now live and work in academic institutions around the globe, and their counterparts at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

The fellowship programme, which is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, aims to capitalise on, and boost the strength of the research networks which already exist, to stimulate dialogue, and help establish further collaborative and exchange partnerships with 'Wits' Alumni at international health research institutions. Fellows are elected in order to encourage and foster research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, to develop research collaborations, to promote exchanges of postgraduate students and to explore the building of other joint initiatives.