MENTORSHIP: KEY TO DEVELOPING YOUNG RESEARCHERS In a recent presentation in the 2016 annual conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the strategic role of mentorship in the development of new research leaders in Africa was emphasized. Dr Obaseki, a graduate of the ATS MECOR program and a physician in Nigeria in a talk titled ‘Capacity Building in Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities on the Ground’, highlighted the immense impact a dedicated mentor could have on the career path of a young investigator in a developing country. He used a number of case stories to describe how the processes involved in nurturing a mentee-mentor relationship could over time create a strong culture in respiratory research in Africa. One of the case stories illustrated was the role Professor Heather Zar of University of Cape town, South Africa has played in crafting the career development of Dr Adaeze Ayuk, a consultant paediatric pulmonologist in the University of Nigeria. From a casual introduction by Professor Emerita Sonia A Buist, the director of MECOR in 2008, the relationship became a truly outstanding opportunity for Dr Ayuk to hone her clinical skills, meet new colleagues and acquire very useful research experience under the direct supervision of Professor Zar. She also received an unparalleled opportunity to undergo a paediatric pulmonary specialty training at the University of Cape town. Today, Dr Ayuk is back in Nigeria, leading the paediatric pulmonary unit in her institution and mentoring several young trainees. Dr. Obaseki cited other case stories including the impact Professor Sonia Buist has had on his own career development. In addition to the role of mentorship, he also called for more training in grantsmanship as another key ingredient for improving research in the African continent. Further details on that symposium titled “Global Health: The What, Where, and Why in the 21st Century “ can be found in the ATS website - www.thoracic.org. DANIEL OBASEKI MD MPH Attending Pulmonary Physician Obafemi Awolowo University Hospital, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. PLEASE CLICK HERE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER OR VIEW PROGRAMME. 39th Annual UCT Paediatric Refresher Course 2016 Dear colleagues, You are warmly invited to attend the 39th Annual UCT Paediatric Refresher Course hosted by the UCT Department of Paediatrics and Child Health to be held from Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 February 2016 at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town. The topics for this year's meeting are Pulmonology, Haematology, and Advocacy. The scientific programme focuses on expert updates on common and important conditions of childhood with an emphasis on what is relevant to clinicians. •Plenary presentations include Global Aspects on Child Health, Nutrition, An Update on ITP, Pneumonia Update and Advances in Paediatric Pulmonology •The session talks cover diverse topics including Early Childhood Development and the 1st Thousand Days , Amendments to the Sexual Offences Act and obligations to report abuse and neglect, Sickle Cell Disease, Haemolytic Anaemias, Haemophilia, Aplastic Anaemia, Managing the young child with Recurrent Wheeze, Approach to recurrent respiratory infections and Advances in Cystic Fibrosis. •There is a dedicated ethics session covering important issues related to South African health care. •Two pre-conference workshops focussing on Children's Rights and Basics of Chest Radiology including an Interactive Pulmonology Case Discussion with an expert panel. •We are excited to announce that our invited speakers include: ◦Dr Nigel Rollins, Department of Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health at WHO ◦Dr Paula Bolton-Maggs, Medical Director Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT),Manchester ◦Prof Andrew Bush, Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Section (Paediatrics), Imperial College, Professor of Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute, and Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brompton Hospital, London UK. As always with the Paediatric Refresher Course, there will be time to socialise and network with colleagues and friends in the beautiful ambience and surroundings of the Vineyard Hotel. An extensive industry exhibition will showcase recent products and developments related to paediatrics. Please diarise the date and make use of our early registration which is now available. We look forward to welcoming both new and regular Refresher Course attendees to what promises to be another excellent meeting. Dr Ann Van Eyssen 2016 Paediatric Refresher Course Committee Dr Ann Van Eyssen (Chair, Haematology) Dr Aneesa Vanker (Pulmonology) Dr Marco Zampoli (Pulmonology) Lori Lake (Advocacy) Ass Prof Chris Scott (Advocacy) Warmest welcome to our 4 new fellows: Louisa Mudawarima (Developmental Paediatrics fellow) joining us from Harare Central Hospital in Zimbabwe. Charlyne Kilba (Paediatric Critical Care fellow) joining us from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Sawsan Yassin (Paediatric Gastroenterology fellow) joining us from Omdurman Hospital in Sudan. Norbertta Washaya (General Paediatrics fellow) joining us from Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. CMSA examinations results are in! APFP is proud to announce that the following fellows have successfully passed their CMSA examinations: Zondiwe Mwanza successfully completed the Fellowship of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa Part II exam Jenala Njirammadzi successfully completed the Fellowship of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa Part II exam Kunda Mutesu-Kapembwa successfully completed the Sub-specialty Certificate in Neonatology of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa exit examination Victoria Nakibuuka successfully completed the Sub-specialty Certificate in Neonatology of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa exit examination Moses Lango successfully completed the Sub-specialty Certificate in Neonatology of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa exit examination Gbemisola Boyede successfully completed the Sub-specialty Certificate in Developmental Paediatrics of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa exit examination Edward Kija successfully completed the Sub-specialty Certificate in Paediatric Neurology of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa exit examination Waceke Nganga successfully completed the Sub-specialty Certificate in Gastroenterology of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa exit examination Rugambwa Muhame successfully completed the Sub-specialty Certificate in Critical Care of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa exit examination Lawrence Okongo successfully completed the Sub-specialty Certificate in Rheumatology of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa exit examination Regina Oladokun successfully completed the Sub-specialty Certificate in Infectious Diseases of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa exit examination Dan Ochieng successfully completed the Fellowship of the College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa Intermediate exam Cedrik Ngongang successfully completed the Fellowship of the College of Medical Geneticists of South Africa Part I exam Ayman Hussein successfully completed the Fellowship of the College of Medical Geneticists of South Africa Part I exam We are so proud of what you have been able to achieve. Congratulations. Savvy Researcher Series workshops The Savvy Series workshops have been confirmed. You can details of the first semester series here Savvy Researcher Series: • Every Thursday from 15h00-16h30 • Aims to attract ALL postgraduate students across disciplines • Bookings and queries are being administered by Dumisa Dlodlo (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the OPGS. The OPGS will send the presenter a list of students who have booked for the specific upcoming workshop. • Details for the Savvy Series will be posted on the PG web hub by the OPGS • Librarians please use your VULA presence to alert PG students. Send reminders as the workshops approach. • You may want to email academic staff in your departments to notify their PG students • The Social Media WG in UCT Libraries will post details on UCT Libraries’ FB & Twitter accounts • Please encourage your PG students to tweet feedback to @UCTLibrary using the hash tag #SavvySeries • Refreshments to be served at these sessions
ICTP Annual Scientific Conference
KPA will be hosting the 10th International Congress on Tropical Paediatrics (ICTP) Annual Scientific Conference from the 25th -29th August 2014 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi-Kenya. The theme of the Congress will be “Tropical Paediatrics and the MDGs: Where are we?”
Dr Kirsty Donald has been invited as the “Department of Paediatrics and Child Health” invited speaker.
Note that KPA will not hold their usual Annual Scientific Conference in April 2014, instead they will have the ICTP 2014 Congress.
Attached please find the conference flyer.
You can access details of the ICTP 2014 Congress from the following websites:
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Reson Marima
Secretary-Kenya Paediatric Association
KMA Centre, 3rd Floor-Office Suite 301
Upper Hill-Mara Road
P O Box 45820-00100 GPO Nairobi, Kenya
MSc/PhD in contractile properties of McArdle disease
Please find attached an advertisement for a project for a potential MSc or PhD student.
For more information, please contact the principle investigator no later than 28th of February 2014:
Dr. Tertius Kohn
UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Sport Science
Institute of South Africa, Boundary Road, Newlands
Epilepsy day - Saturday 7th September 2013
In Picture (from left to right): Roland Ibekwe - Nigeria, APFP Paed Neurology trainee, Habiba Na’uzo - Nigeria, Neurophysiology doctor trainee, Edward Kija - Tanzania, APFP Paed Neurology trainee, Cathy Abbo - Uganda, APFP Child Psychiatry trainee, Louisa Rudo Chikara - Zimbabwe, paediatrician - 1 month sabbatical in neurosciences (Child Psych, Paed Neuro and Neurodev)
The group in the photo attended a day focusing on current and the latest developments in the management of people with epilepsy. It was a dynamic meeting with presentations were given by national experts and generated a lot of discussion from all the attendees.
GP Paediatric Update 2013 held in Cape Town on Saturday, 24 August 2013
In Picture: APFP fellows attending the GP Paediatric Update 2013 at the Upper Eastside Hotel in Woodstock, Cape Town on Saturday, 24 August 2013
APFP is proud to congratulate Gbemisola Boyede. She has been awarded a start-up grant from the International Society for Infectious Diseases for her project, "Validation of a new developmental screening tool for neurodevelopmental delays among HIV-infected South African children."
Congratulations to Cathy Abbo whose manuscript titled: Prevalence, comorbidity and predictors of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in rural north-eastern Uganda has been published in author version format on the website of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health.
We would also wish to congratulate her on a new publication where she is the first author. Title: Effect of brief training on reliability and applicability of Global Assessment of functioning scale by Psychiatric clinical officers in Uganda. Read more.
Feedback from Dr. Isaac Tsikhutsu who trained in PICU from March 2011 to February 2012
Isaac updated us on the progress that has been made with Kericho District Hospital's 6 bed HDU/ICU unit:
Our ICU building at Kericho Hospital is now 95% complete. We have managed to purchase a central oxygen and vacuum machines and four electric beds.
We are looking for more funds to purchase monitors, ventilators, blood gas machine, portable xray, and for furniture.
If you can offer any assistance to Kericho District Hospital, please contact Dr Isaac Tsikhutsu directly at 254 722 749 789(Kenya) or on email at email@example.com. Any help will be highly appreciated.
Ongoing construction works at Kericho District Hospital