Nurses aboard a ship of the Mercy Ships. the organisation, co-organisers of the conference, uses hospital ships to deliver free healthcare services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those with limited access in poorer parts of the world/Photo: Mercy Ships

Senegal hosts international confab on healthcare in Africa

International Symposium on Strengthening Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthetic Care Systems in Africa to be hosted on 4-6 May by the Government of Senegal

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Hosted by the Government of Senegal and with the support of Mercy Ships and other partners, the event consists of a meeting of 200 healthcare experts and a summit of Ministers of Health, held in Dakar, to connect key stakeholders on surgical safety and public health.

A two-day International Symposium will include the delivery of an assessment on the current state of surgical, obstetric and anaesthetic care in WHO’s Africa Region including gaps, prioritized targets, implementation strategies and investments.

This will be followed by a one-day Ministerial Summit and result in a proposal for a continental roadmap for strengthening access to Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthetic Care in Africa by 2030. The event will feature a three-day programme with six high-level plenaries followed by a press conference. Sessions will be live-streamed.

The Symposium is jointly organized by the Government of Senegal, Mercy Ships, the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa, the West African College of Surgeons, Smile Train and other partners. Attendees will include Ministers of Health, health experts and leaders representing global health institutions.

Date: Wednesday 4 May to Friday 6 May 2022

4 May: Assessment presentation/discussion

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM (GMT)

6 May: Ministerial Summit Press Availability

Time: From 9:00 AM (GMT)

Venue: Kind Fahd Palace, Route des Almadies, Dakar, Senegal

Register to join online sessions on the link below: https://bit.ly/3kF1fUU

LANGUAGE: English & French


Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those with limited access in the developing world. For more than 30 years, Mercy Ships has concentrated its efforts in Africa. In particular, Mercy Ships has focused efforts within West and sub-Saharan Africa where 93% of the population are deprived of access to safe surgical care.

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Report distributed by APO Group on behalf of Mercy Ships

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