1st International PAAS Conference: Global Surgery Implementation in Africa
The 1st international PAAS conference took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 1st -3rdFebruary, 2017at African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters. The conference was officially opened by H.E the Commissioner for Social Affairs,Dr Mustapha Kalolo who represented H.E the Chairperson of African Union Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Senior level officials, commissioners, and international institutions and organs in Ethiopia were in attendance. Forty (40) communications and four (4) lectures were delivered by participants, guest speakers and participants from several countries all over the world: Africa, Europe and America.
Recommendations and Actions for Global Surgery implementation in Africa were adopted (cf.Appendix 1):
In collaboration with AUC,Economic Commission for Africa, World Health Organization and other health and professional organizations worldwide,PAAS will:
1) help for decision-making, care, training and research for global surgery in Africa;
2) play a role in advising and assisting national and international health policy institutions and decision-makers in the development of action plans for Global Surgery;
3) facilitate specific actions for:
-expanding access to safe and high quality and affordable surgery in rural and underserved areas;
– appropriate workforce, training and education
-health system strengthening including infrastructure development and financing
-research for essential surgical and anesthetic care
The conference was declared officially closed by HE the Commissioner for Social Affairs Representative on Friday February 3rd, 2107 at African Union conference hall.
The conference organizers would like to thank HE the Head of State of Ethiopia, HE AUC Chairperson, AUC commissioners and their teams, and ethiopian people for their kind hospitality during this conference.
Addis-Ababa,Friday February 3rd 2017
Prof KH Yangni-Angate ,President PAAS