The 15th edition of the annual Conference of the Ghana Physicians and Surgeon Foundation (GPSF) will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in the USA from April 21–23, 2017 at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel.
This year’s conference is themed “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.
Dr. Leticia Otchere-Darko, President of the GPSF said in a preconference interview that: “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 Ghana’s Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, the Ghana
Medical Association, Ghana College of Physicians and 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 for Lagos State in 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 highlights of the conference are a fundraising dinner dance scheduled for Saturday April 22, to be hosted by Clifford Owusu, a US-based Ghanaian comedian and entertainer.
For more information on this event and the GPSF visit www.ghanaphysicians.org