The Federation of African Medical College students’ Associations (FAMSA) lately held the 32nd Version of its Basic Meeting in November 2018. This 12 months’s convention which came about in Ibadan, Nigeria, equally marked the celebration of her 50th 12 months in existence with the theme “Repositioning Healthcare in Africa for Sustainable Improvement”.
For a number of years now, FAMSA has been centered on inspiring generations of healthcare college students and individuals to take cost and play energetic roles in structuring the way forward for healthcare in Africa for sustainable improvement. This convention not like some other held in historical past, was such an attractive convention expertise the place healthcare college students have been capable of meet with key business specialists, policymakers, academicians and lots of extra.
The 5-day convention comprised of keynote addresses, plenary periods, workshops, scientific displays, hackathons, coaching periods, exhibitions, cultural night time, commerce truthful, sport friendlies and Metropolis excursions. With each dialogue capturing distinctive ache factors and tackling healthcare points all through the convention, individuals have been thrilled because the convention gained extra momentum every day.
After the arrival of delegates, the convention formally began on Monday the 19th of November. Listed here are some Highlights of the convention:
The Opening ceremony
The Opening deal with was given by Prof. E. Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa, the Provost of the School of Medication, College of Ibadan. He emphasised that the event of Africa is one thing that have to be understood by her youths and that whilst youths strive to make sure greener pastures for themselves; they need to endeavour to return again and provides again to Africa. This was adopted by a welcome deal with by Professor A.O. Omigbodun (Patron and Chair Advisory board).
To present the keynote deal with was a consultant of the Regional Director for Africa WHO, Dr Clement Lugala, (officer in cost WHO Nigeria) in addition to a video message from Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus (Director-Basic of the World Well being Group).
Plenaries and Breakout periods
Sustaining the momentum, the convention featured varied plenary and breakout periods on subjects comparable to Infectious ailments in Africa: Are we actually profitable? The Burden of Non-Communicable Illnesses (NCDs): Taking a quantum leap, Psychological Well being: Breaking the silence, Maternal and Youngster Well being in Africa: The Wages of Disconnect, Medical Training in Africa: Curriculum, analysis and Mentorship, Social Determinants of Well being: Connecting the Dots.
These subjects have been adequately mentioned by seasoned professionals together with Dr. Clement Lugala (Officer in Cost WHO) Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, (Director Well being Workforce Training & Improvement, African Centre for World Well being and Social Transformation), Dr. Michael Kivwanga, (World Execution Lead, Psychological Well being and Particular, Johnson & Johnson World Public Well being) Adam Thompson (Co-founder of eHealth Methods, Africa) and Dr. Stephen Obaro (Director Of Worldwide Paediatric Analysis Program, College of Nebraska Medical Centre, USA) to call a number of.
There have been a number of workshops which came about concurrently. They embody;
The Burden of NCDs and the Youthful Technology; Taking a quantum leap, by The Wellbeing Initiative.
Psychological Well being and the Well being Care Pupil by the Mentally Conscious Nigeria Initiative (MANI).
The Reso-Hackathon Problem by the Contents Workforce.
Emergency Obstetric and New born Care/Wash by The Wellbeing Basis Africa.
One of many key highlights from the convention was a video deal with from Dr. Paulin Basinga, (Nigerian Nation Director, Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis). In his deal with, he knowledgeable the viewers concerning the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis and went forward to present 12 options and key recommendation he believes medical college students ought to know to allow them excel of their careers.
One other note-worthy second was the particular session by Dr Ibraheem Badejo, Senior Director, New Ventures at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Boston who introduced the problem by the Johnson & Johnson Household of Firms; “Africa Innovation problem 2.zero”. The problem which is focused at uncovering entrepreneurs in Africa who’ve a inventive answer to numerous urgent native healthcare wants presents potential winners as much as US$50,000 in monetary assist and assets to assist convey their concepts to market.
With over 600 attendees spanned throughout college students, healthcare professionals, NGOs, Policymakers, Researchers and Trade specialists from 11 international locations, the convention was a totally packed, informative and educative discussion board that stirred all who have been in attendance to proffer options in the direction of reaching a greater healthcare system in Africa.
See images from the occasion beneath…