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Andre Yvan Zolo Ossou

Cameroon & University of Cape Town, 2022

Yvan Zolo is a Global Surgery Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2021 from the University of Buea, Cameroon.

Yvan has demonstrated a keen interest in various fields, such as neurosurgery, medical education, and research, along with a particular emphasis on enhancing the delivery of safe, timely, and economical surgical care in resource-limited environments.

Yvan is passionate about leveraging space technologies to enhance surgical care and serves as a researcher at the International Center for Astronautical Development where he volunteers in the Civilian Medical Information for Space Travel (C-MIST) project. He is also the regional web editor for the African team at the Space Generation Advisory Council. He received a full scholarship from the United Nations’ Office for Outer Space Affairs to participate in the 2023 Space4Women expert meeting organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal, Canada, where he contributed in the development of the gender mainstreaming toolkit for gender equality in the Space sector.

He recently founded and serves as CEO of SurgiFinder, an International NGO whose aim is to improve access to safe and affordable surgical care, and promote sustainable development, innovation, and entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Yvan recently completed a Master of Sciences in Medicine (Global Surgery) at the University of Cape Town, where his research efforts were focused on mapping the geospatial landscape of neurosurgical care for babies born with neurological malformations to enhance access to neurosurgical care for these patients. He is also enrolled for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Global Surgery at the same institution and his work is focused on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among physically injured patients.

Yvan is the director of marketing at the Global Surgery division of the University of Cape Town where he also serves as the Undergraduate Global Surgery Teaching Convener and often lectures senior medical students on Global Surgery.

He has a track record of promoting medical education and career development amongst medical students as well as a track record of grassroots leadership in global neurosurgery and global surgery.

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