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International symposium on strengthening the health care system in Africa scheduled for May

(Courtesy of Mercy Ships)

As Mercy Ships celebrates 30 years of service to Africa, the global humanitarian organization will strengthen its partnerships with African countries and health sector actors by co-hosting a number of events in May and June 2022. The The first event will be a Symposium (SI) on Strengthening Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthetic Care Systems in Africa by 2030 from May 4-6 in Dakar, Senegal.

The International Symposium is jointly organized by the Government of Senegal, Mercy Ships, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, the West African College of Surgeons, Smile Train and other partners. Bringing together more than 200 participants including several African Ministers of Health, it is a unique opportunity to create a continental roadmap to strengthen access to surgical, obstetric and anesthetic care in Africa by 2030.

His Excellency Mr. Macky Sall, Head of State and Chairman-in-Office of the African Union declares: “It is a privilege and an honor to welcome Mercy Ships’ new ship to Senegal, the Global Mercy, the most largest civilian hospital ship in the world. This event will coincide with other activities such as a symposium based on the challenges of surgical and obstetric care in Africa. Experts will speak on the 2020-30 vision for surgery in Africa and the challenges. I invite Africans to participate fully in any activity that promotes solidarity and assistance. I believe some have already done this, but we need everyone to embrace this vision.

The International Symposium on Strengthening Surgical, Obstetrical and Anesthetic Care Systems in Africa by 2030 will take place over the following two events at the King Fahd Hotel in Dakar, Senegal: an expert meeting on May 4-5 and a summit of health ministers on the 6.

The symposium will feature discussions on the current state of surgical, obstetric and anesthetic care in Africa, including gaps, priority targets, implementation strategies and investments. The first two days will include the presentation of an assessment on the state of surgical, obstetric and anesthetic care in the WHO African Region. The result will be a regional plan that will be endorsed by African ministers of health.

After the symposium, the largest civilian hospital ship in the world – the Global Mercy – will be commissioned at the port of Dakar in Senegal on June 2. During this event, Mercy Ships will commemorate 30 years of partnership on the continent with other African Nations present. The 37,000 GRT Global Mercy will serve with the first Africa Mercy hospital ship currently moored in Dakar. Mercy Ships expects to more than double the impact of its work with the new ship, both with life-changing operations and providing medical trainings to local caregivers.

A Presidential Conversation will be held the same day in Dakar as a dialogue between African Heads of State, International Leaders, “African Friends of Mercy Ships”, “Friends of Africa” ​​on Leadership for Equitable Access to Surgical Care, obstetrics and anesthetics in Africa.

Finally, June 2 will be marked by the signing of the Dakar Declaration on strengthening surgical, obstetric and anesthetic care systems in Africa by 2030.

Sea News, April 27

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