1000+ OBGYN Meeting, Accra, Ghana - February 12-14, 2014

From February 12-14, 2014, The University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will be hosting the meeting, "Building Academic Partnerships to train 1000+ OBGYNs in sub-Saharan Africa" in Accra, Ghana.  This meeting is generously funded by both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Flora Family Foundation.

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together OBGYNs from academic institutions in both high and low resource countries in sub-Saharan Africa, along with professional support organizations, policy makers, and funders to discuss ways to increase obstetric capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.  We will use the "Call to Action/Way Forward" document created at the FIGO meeting in November 2012 as a guide, forthcoming.

We will discuss ways of creating or improving mutually beneficial academic partnerships to increase post graduate training in OBGYN.  The overall goal is to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity, mortality, and obstetric fistula in SSA.

Outcomes of the meeting include

  • Development of country plans for improving OBGYN training
  • The creation of a Consortium of African Academic OBYGNs
  • Creation of a Consortium of North American/European OBGYN departments
  • Creation of a Consortium of organizations to support OBGYN training, certification, research and service

The core participants of the meeting are made up of country teams which will include a US academic representative, an African representative, a Ministry of Health representative and a Ministry of Education representative from 14 sub-saharan African countries.  Other invitees will represent professional and support organizations.  We have a limit of 120 participants due to venue size. 

For registration instructions, please click here!

Please contact Madeline Taskier, our meeting manager, with questions regarding official invitations, registration, and meeting details.   Madeline can be reached via email at mtaskier@med.umich.edu


Tuesday, October 22, 2013