WFSA-Baxter Scholarship Programme 32nd Congress of Société d'Anesthésie et de Réanimation d'Afrique Noire Francophone (SARANF)
Three scholars were selected to attend the 32nd SARANF Congress in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 30th November – 2nd December 2016: Dr Yannick Doriane Makambila (Republic of Congo), Dr Diaw Mbaye (Senegal), and Dr Peggy Dahlia Mawandza (Republic of Congo)
The theme of the congress was ‘Perioperative Challenges - Safe Practice in Anaesthesia’ and scholars were able to attend pre and post-conference workshops on acute care ultrasound, obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia and difficult airways.
Dr Mbaye, from Senegal, said: ‘During the stay I attended many interesting presentations from colleagues from other countries. I would like to copy and adapt these studies in my hospital, evaluate the results obtained and compare them with those obtained in other countries. I also learnt new protocols and anaesthesia practices that I would like to implement in my hospital. This is the first time I attend an international congress, it allowed me to leave the country and discover other countries. And this Baxter Scholarship allowed me too to get new knowledge on Anaesthesia and Emergency Medicine and gain many contacts and friends coming from others countries. Thanks to all Team of WFSA and BAXTER, Know that you have contributed to the training of an Anaesthesiologist in Senegal, to perfect his knowledge. I am so grateful to you, the Senegalese people are grateful to you.’
Dr Yannick Makambila, one of the scholars from Republic of Congo, felt that it was important to for her attend congresses and continuously update her knowledge and skills, particularly when building capacity within her team and encourage safe practice. She said I do this (WFSA-Baxter Scholarship application) to improve safety and practices in anesthesia; As an individual I need to periodically renew my knowledge in order to continue my commitments to train and strengthen the capacities of medical personnel.’ Yannick found the congress highly beneficial on developing new protocols and practices for her workplace ‘I have participated in debates, clinical case presentations, reflections on the future of our specialties in Africa. The most important thing is I have learnt the novelties in our specialty, which has changed in the care, which is in order to better organize the learned societies of Africa. This new knowledge will be used in my daily practice. New protocols for patient management will be developed. I will also talk to my entire team to improve patient care. I met Anaesthesiologists from all corners of the world, from west Africa, central Africa, and Europe’.
Dr Peggy Mawandza found the congress a great opportunity to spend time gaining knowledge as part of her continuous professional development. Through the SARANF congress she was offered a month long paediatric resuscitation training in Paris through contacts made at SARANF. ‘By participating in this congress, I was able to establish contacts with the SFAR pediatric resuscitation expert, Dr. Stephane Dauger, who offered me a one-month observational training course in his pediatric resuscitation department. By participating in this congress, I was able to establish contacts with the SFAR’