International Symposium (IS) on Strengthening Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthetic Care Systems in Africa by 2030
The International Symposium was placed under the very high patronage of H.E. Mr. Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal and under the chairmanship of Mr. Abdoulaye Diouf SARR, Minister of Health of Senegal.
The International Symposium was organized by the Government of Senegal and supported by Mercy Ships in partnership with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, the West African College of Surgeons, and the international non-governmental organization Smile Train.
Regional and international partners with established and recognized credibility in the field of global surgery were affiliated at the scientific level: the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the World Surgery Organization Lifebox, the Program on Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard University, the Center for Global Surgery at McGill University in Canada, and the Institute for Global Surgery in Ireland.
The International Symposium (IS) was organized by a steering committee composed of:
Members: Dr Hyppolite KALAMBAY of the WHO Regional Office for Africa and Mrs Obi NKEIRUKA Vice-President and Regional Director for Africa of Smile Train
Executive Director: Dr Pierre M’PELE, Mercy Ships Director of Africa Bureau
An International Scientific Committee coordinated all scientific aspects of the symposium. It was composed of:
- Chair: Pr Emmanuel AMEH, President of the Scientific Committee of the Annual Scientific Conferences of the West African College of Surgeons, Nigeria.
- Vice-Chair: Representative of the WHO Regional Office for Africa: Dr Tarcisse ELONGO and his deputy Pr Jean Baptiste NIKIEMA
- Scientific facilitator: Dr Justina SEYI-OLAJIDE, Nigeria.
25 recognized African and international scientists were also members of this committee.
The cooperation with Mercy Ships is just beginning and we are very pleased to contribute to the fundraising efforts. I invite Africans to fully participate in any activity that promotes solidarity and assistance. I believe some have already done so, but we need everyone to embrace this vision. »
Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal – Dakar, February 12, 2021