ECSACON Scientific Conference; Nairobi, Kenya 7th– 9th September 2016
The 12th ECSACON Scientific Conference held in Nairobi Kenya themed “Nurses and Midwives for Universal Health Coverage”
Over 700 participants from 16 countries in the ECSA region and beyond came to attend the conference. Participants included Researchers, Clinicians, Academicians, Nurse Leaders, Partners, nurses and midwives. Topics discussed during the conference were drawn from;
- Improving access to quality Maternal, New-born and Child Health services
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based Violence
- Innovations in Health Workforce Development for the 21st Century
- Innovations and excellence in providing Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery care across life span
- Prevention and control of Communicable and Non-Communicable diseases including Mental Health and Nutrition
Noting the important role played by nurses and midwives in realizing the ended Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and mindful of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 12th ECSACON Conference was conceptualized with the major aim of bringing nurses and midwives in the ECSA region to share best practices and strategize way forward towards the realization of increased access to health services.
Opening the conference was the Director of Kenya Medical Services, Dr Kioko on behalf of the Minister of Health Kenya, Dr Cleopa Mairu. Also featuring in the conference were globally and regionally renowned speakers;
- Dr Leslie Mancuso, the President and CEO of Jhpiego, echoing the need for nurses’ engagement in health decision-making and planning forums and putting emphasis on task sharing for increased access to health services.
- Professor Address Malata, the Vice president of ICM, reiterating on the importance of Nurses’ participation in strategic planning and decision making.
- Yoswa Dambisya, the Director General of ECSA Health Community, underscoring the importance of nurses to be strategic in their engagement and calling for continuing partner support. In his speech, Prof Dambisya also informed the forum that since 1990 when ECSACON was born, other professional colleges have been established including the College of Surgeons (COSECSA), the college of Anaesthesiologists (CANECSA), the College of Pathologists (COPECSA), the College of Ophthalmologists (COECSA) and recently launched is the college of Physicians (ECSACOP).
- Judith Shamian, who urged nurses to get out of their nursing bubbles and speak for the health system at large, considering their magnitude and strategic positioning.
Remarkably over 200 scientific papers were presented through plenary and parallel sessions. Participants also enjoyed poster sessions, which were show-cased throughout the conference.