East African Healthcare Forum Invites on:

Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (BST)

London, United Kingdom

Event: Can the diaspora impact Africa’s health? “From Brain Drain to Brain Gain”

The President of the World Medical Association, Dr Margaret Mungherera, and the East African Healthcare Forum invite you to participate in the African Medical Initiative.

Dr. Margharet Mungherera, the current chairman of the World Medical Association (WMA), has launched the African Medical initiative during her tenure. The WMA is a global professional body formed in 1947 whose membership consists of National Medical Associations (NMAs). WMA supports NMAs in promoting the high ethical standards among doctors and advocating for universal quality healthcare in their countries. It has an official relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO), and other UN organisations and agencies with which it carries out advocacy at a global level.

African NMAs generally lack the capacity to play their leadership roles and therefore influence their national health systems. The African Medical Initiative, sponsored by the WMA, is focused on building the capacity of African NMAs thus enabling them to play an effective role in strengthening the health systems of their countries.

This session explores the roles the diaspora, individually and in groups, can play in this key initiative.

From Brain Drain to Brain Gain 13th September 2014 Programme

2:00 – 2:30      Arrival and Registration

2:30 – 2:40      Welcome and Introduction – Dorothy Mukasa

2:40 – 3:00      The East African Healthcare Forum – Dr Wangui Manguyu

3:00 – 3:20      The World Medical Association’s African Medical Initiative  – Dr Margaret Mungherera

1. National Medical Associations

2. Brain Drain to Brain Gain

3:20 – 3:30       Q&A

3:30 – 3:40         Time Banking – Tapping the Potential of African Medical Professionals in the Diaspora – Ronald Lutaaya

3:40 -3:50           Telemedicine TB – Dr Joseph Vuni

3:50 – 4:00         Q&A

4:00 – 4:20         The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership – Ebola Epidemic in West Africa – Dr Sakib Rokadia, King’s College London

4:20 – 4:30          Q&A

4:30 – 5:00         Break   

5:00 – 5:45           Facilitated Workshops:

1) Lecturing and CPD in Africa

2) Time banking – Investing professional time in Africa

3) Medical Approach to Long-term conditions e.g. mental health (anxiety and depression), Heart disease and strokes, Cancer

4) Medical Approach to Infectious Diseases – Ebola, Lasser fever etc, Tuberculosis  –  Ronald Lutaaya, Dr Sakib Rokadia

5:45 – 6:05       Plenary and wrap-up   –  Dr Emily Cheserem

6:05 – 6:10       Close and vote of thanks   –  EAHForum

Networking session    –  All participants