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Diasporian News of Friday, 17 March 2017

Source: Physicians and Surgeon Foundation

The Annual Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation of North America Conference.

The Annual Conference of the Ghana Physicians and Surgeon Foundation will be held in Atlanta
Georgia, USA on April 21st– 23rd, 2017 at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel.

The theme for the conference is “New and Re-emerging Infectious Disease and Global Health
Security; Role of the African Diaspora.” The Conference will bring together several world
renowned experts in the field of infectious diseases who are battling familiar as well as
resurgent threats like malaria, Ebola, Zika virus and hepatitis that each year afflicts hundreds of
millions of people.
The President of the Foundation, Dr. Leticia Otchere-Darko said, “With the recent outbreaks of
Ebola and Zika viruses, this year’s conference is particularly important. It is appropriate that we
address these threats to global health security.”

The conference, a continuing medical education (CME) event, will cover topics on various
perspectives on new and re-emerging infectious diseases and global health security. Panelists
include representatives from the Ministry of Health Ghana, Ghana Health Service, Ghana
Medical Association, Ghana College of Physicians Surgeons, Academia, Private Practitioners as
well as presenters from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner of Health,
Lagos State, Nigeria and Representative to the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Idris will be
speaking to conference participants about steps taken by the Ministry of Health to stop the
further spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria. At the end of the conference, the Foundation
together with stakeholders will issue a ‘white paper’ on the African diaspora’s collaborative role
in helping establish vibrant health systems that will ensure strong global health security.

Other major highlight of the conference is a fundraising dinner dance on Saturday, April 22nd,
2017 hosted by comedian/entertainer Clifford Owusu. All are cordially invited.
For more information, please visit www.ghanaphysicians.org