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Embracing Technology in light of Pandemics &
Persistent Health Challenges in Rural Africa.

FAMSA is the official umbrella body for all African medical students Founded in 1968 as a Nigerian, Ugandan and Ghanaian initiative to foster the spirit of friendship and cooperation among African, FAMSA is an independent, project oriented, non-political medical student body and is recognized by the African Union and the World Health Organization as the official international forum of African medical students.

Mission


To stimulate, identify and promote novel, innovative and feasible technologies for Health by African medical students that are responsive to pandemics and aimed at accelerating long-lasting improvements in critical health indicators for rural populations South of Sahara Desert
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25th to
27th Feb
FAMSA is the official umbrella body for all African medical students Founded in 1968 as a Nigerian, Ugandan and Ghanaian initiative to foster the spirit of friendship and cooperation among African, FAMSA is an independent, project oriented, non-political medical student body and is recognized by the African Union and the World Health Organization as the official international forum of African medical students.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

“Leaving no one behind” (United Nations, 2018) remains by far the richest global promise to poor countries and segments of society in vulnerable situations.
Over half of the world’s population (60% of which is in Africa) cannot obtain essential health services (World Bank and WHO, 2017). The greatest sufferers being women and children living in Rural and hard-to-reach locations of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Following the wake of AIDS in 1981 to date, H1N1 Swine flu of 2009-10, West African Ebola Virus epidemic of 2014-16, Zika virus epidemic of 2015 to date and today’s Coronavirus pandemic, there has been unprecedented social and economic costs and untold loss of lives, more so in Africa.
HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Diarrhea are all preventable and treatable infectious diseases but form major causes of mortality in Africa. Re-emerging, zoonotic and Neglected tropical diseases are noteworthy in the African Health terrain.
Partly as a consequence, the proportion of Africans who receive treatment for mental health problems is extremely low. While the global annual rate of visits to mental health outpatient facilities is 1051 per 100 000 populations, in Africa the rate is 14 per 100 000.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent the leading cause of death worldwide, killing 41 million people each year—equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally. Among NCDs, the four top killers that together account for more than 80% of all premature NCD deaths.
Not only is there poor quality of health data to inform evidence-based planning and decision making, but also inadequate commitment by policy makers to utilize available health systems research;
Other than the proximal causes of disease and illness, sizeable focus is required in the interplay of how social, cultural, economic, political and environmental factors interact to influence Africa’s Health challenges. The inextricable web that requires a rather dynamic and robust, integrated and collaborative action.

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Conference structure

Several social factors shape an individual’s opportunity to access quality healthcare. This conference will stimulate discussions on ways of reducing the inequalities in accessing healthcare in Africa.
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  • Hackathons
  • Exhibitions
  • Workshops and training sessions
  • Abstract presentations
  • Expert meetings
  • Trade fair
  • Sport friend-lies and site tours

Organizers

The Organizing Committee of this event is supported by local (Ugandan) and International Advisory Boards consisting of reputable individuals from South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya. A formidable team of Medical students from the Federation of Uganda Medical Students’ Association (FUMSA) majorly of members of Mbarara University Medical Student’ Association (MBUMSA) and International Campus Ambassadors (ICAs) from various countries in Africa and all over the world.

Expected speakers

Over 30 high profile speakers from all over the African continent and world at large Speakers will represent: Industry Experts, Top Policymakers, Academicians, Researchers, Non-Governmental Organizations, Philanthropic Foundations, Consultants, African Leaders, Youth Organizations, Regional and Global Health Players.

FAMSA GA 2021 Target

The conference expects about 1,000 delegates from all over the world. Medical students, Other healthcare students, Healthcare professionals (HCPs), Policy- makers, Researchers, Academicians, Industry experts from across the globe will be in attendance at this conference and its results will go down in history as the Health game-changer event for the African continent.
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Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Host and venue of FAMSA GA 2021

Mbarara University Medical Student’ Association (MBUMSA) alongside Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) will host the FAMSA GA 2021. This will happen in the quiet of Mbarara city in Western Uganda. The association has hosted several other symposiums and lectures relating to healthcare in Uganda and Africa, which strategically places it in the perfect position to organize a high-impact conference for our delegates.

The venue of the conference is proposed to be Hotel Triangle. It is a top venue for conferences and has played host to many high level meetings in Mbarara city.