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IPSF AfRO members talk about WHSS 2017

The World Healthcare Students Symposium (WHSS) is the world’s biggest student conference, a biennial global multidisciplinary  summit that brings together healthcare students and healthcare professionals under one roof to learn, discuss and draw inspiration from eminent speakers, policy makers and renowned global health leaders. Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students Association(RPSA), a member of IPSF AfRO is set to host the 7th WHSS this year from November 23-27, 2017 in Kigali Rwanda. Othniel Nimbabazi, 7th WHSS External Relations Vice Chairperson sought the views of our members on the upcoming symposium. 

Safari Justin – DRC

For us CEP-UOB/ D.R.Congo, hosting the WHSS in the AfRO region is a great opportunity (more than an opportunity) to show to all parts of the word how strong Africa is.  It will be a good moment for us to share with others our knowledge and our cultures (the best in the word). It will also be a moment for us to learn about how the health sciences evolve in other regions of the word and what we can do to reach a perfect healthcare system in Africa. For us it’s a golden opportunity. Viva Africa!

Abdulhafeez Mustapha – Nigeria

I have met with quite a number of Rwandans at different events. I am particularly confident in the Team because of my previous interactions with them. I expect to see a well-planned event from the team while having a wonderful experience during the symposium. Conferences like this brings a lot of opportunities especially networking among other professionals from all the world, this will set the ball rolling for inter-professional collaborations. 

Robin Valencia Arendse- South Africa

Having WHSS in our region (Africa) one can expect to learn a lot more about management of conditions which are generally only found in Africa; these include a greater insight of TB treatment or how we handle medicine policies in bringing medicines created elsewhere in the world to our continent. Lastly, if we look at healthcare professionals in general, the world believes they need to send doctors to our countries as if we need them, but they are the ones that need us in fact. Africa provides a platform of learning [things] which cannot be found in books. [We learn through] what we see and are exposed to everyday and by being exposed we have a better understanding of providing information on treatment plans of resistant strains of TB as well as balancing poverty with good healthcare.

Anyase Ronald Amaza- Uganda

It is a pleasure  to have the WHSS, the biggest health students gathering in the whole world to be organized in Africa, especially the region of East Africa. Being Ugandans, we congratulate our colleagues in Rwanda for taking the extreme mandate to host this benevolent activity. As East Africans, we believe this will give us a chance to show our competence in healthcare delivery, and through organizing of such noble events. The host is the Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students Association (RPSA) our sisters in the land of a thousand Hills. They represent the pharmacy fraternity, which makes us happier that the pharmacy profession is steadily growing with a lot of promise. We expect to see a plethora of guests from all over the World offering various health science courses to discuss how we can work together as a team of different experts in the medical field so as to foster achievement of health and well-being for all, a mandate fronted by WHO. I expect the best conference ever in the history of health science students’ symposia in the World.

Isabella ilikwell Lokurukam- Kenya

I personally think that the WHSS couldn’t have come to Africa, and especially East Africa, at a better time and under a better theme. I feel like we are that generation of young Africans in healthcare who can make an impact that will be felt for generations to come. I look forward to an inspirational and fruitful symposium in November!

Eric Konan- Ivory Coast

The World Healthcare Students’ Symposium (WHSS) is an event that brings together medicine, pharmacy and allied health sciences students in an international forum to generate discussion and understanding between the professions, develop skills and awareness of concepts in multidisciplinary working, and be advocates for a cooperative multidisciplinary approach to patient-centered care to optimize health outcomes.

Bakani Ncube- Zimbabwe

For me, I’m excited that the WHSS is coming to Sub Saharan Africa for the first time as well as that IPSF is hosting it too for the first time! Both these facts make me proud of being an African pharmacy student and I would like to see Africa shine and take center stage. As for my expectations, I expect a world class symposium that unites healthcare professionals and healthcare students from all over the world, interacting and uniting under one roof and discussing pressing global health issues-2 of which are close to me personally i.e the One Health concept and AMR. It should also be a time to make long lasting friendships that will endure the test of time

Joel Kibona- Tanzania

I feel proud for the WHSS to be in our region this year! This is a great opportunity for our members to participate and learn! More, they will have time to interact and connect with others and expand their scope of understanding the health field, that will enhance unity and cooperation toward searching for solutions in the field.

Alex Bayoh- Sierra Leone

The significance of hosting the WHSS in Africa can’t be overemphasized. The need for strategic healthcare reform that suits the region has been clearly indicated by recent health related tragedies such as Ebola and Cholera outbreaks and the increase rate of malnutrition among infants in the sub regions. The healthcare delivery system in Africa needs transformation from the already existing conventional approach to a modified multidisciplinary healthcare approach. As we fight to be innovative by introducing new techniques and technologies into the practice, we also need to include effective and safe use of orthodox and complementary medicine into the practice. The WHSS will be a platform to discuss, debate and find solutions to the health issues that affects our region and place them in order of priority based on their importance and urgency so that health policies that will be made  will have significant improvement on our region.

Editor’s note: Visit http://whss2017.org/ to learn more about the symposium.

 

 

 

The fives things I talked about in an IPSF Leaders-in-Training workshop in Uganda

By Kennedy Odokonyero

Last month, I was privileged to speak to pharmacy students in Uganda on the invitation of Uganda Pharmaceutical Students Association (UPSA). UPSA had organised an IPSF Leaders-in-Training (LIT) workshop, the first of its kind in Uganda. According to the IPSF LIT guidelines, the training aims to develop a quality and sustainable leadership programme for pharmacy and pharmaceutical students and recent graduates worldwide. It provides  students with leadership, management and advocacy skills.

The purpose of my talk was to inspire the students to take on leadership positions. When Mr. Anyase Ronald Amaza, the outgoing President of Makerere University Pharmacy Students Association (my alma mater), asked me to give the talk, my first thought was that I have really grown that old! Well, it’s mostly old people who are invited to inspire the young generation.


My talk centred on the lessons I have learned and continue to learn in my leadership journey. It’s fair to say I have grown some grey hair of wisdom when it comes especially to leadership in student lead organisations. A look at my LinkedIn profile says it all.

In this article, I will share with you the five lessons I highlighted in my presentation:

  1. Leadership is inevitable in life. The sooner you realise that, the better. You can’t run away from leadership. At some point, you’ll have to become a leader by default; be it at home, workplace or your community. The time is therefore now to take up any leadership opportunity that knocks on your door. It’ll give the experience to be the great leader you have to be when the time comes for you to become a leader by “force.”
  2. Take up leadership roles in things that you’re passionate about, because you’ll enjoy doing it. I am passionate about media. Most of my leadership positions has been in media. IPSF for example has more than 80 positions, you’ll surely find something that you like.
  3. Self-motivation is important to keep you going. There’ll be hard and challenging times. Times when you’d wish to throw in the towel. I vividly remember when I was the Finance Secretary of Makerere University College of Health Sciences Students Association, we were left with three days until  the College Dinner, but only about 20% of our budget was covered. There was no one to look up to because everyone on the team was just totally stressed. Self-motivation will come in handy in such scenarios. It helped me in chasing after sponsors. I didn’t want the books of history to say that our team failed to organise the dinner.
  4. Once you take up a position, be serious, don’t just ‘pass time.’ I work with a lot of student leaders from across the globe. A few don’t take their work seriously. A whole one month deadline for accomplishing a simple task passes without them meeting it. As Mitchelle Masuko, the 62nd IPSF World Congress Chairperson told me in an interview in March, “In all you do, strive to go beyond expectations.” What kind of impact are you leaving behind? What will people you lead say about you when your term of office ends? After you leave, will get invited back to deliver a talk?
  5. Learn, learn and learn about leadership because that’s the only way of becoming better in the craft. I found myself struggling a lot of times. I realised I couldn’t do it all by myself. I needed to learn leadership styles, communication, team motivation, ethics, etc. I successfully applied for a leadership training programme. It has helped me a lot. There’re lots of leadership courses online, sign up for them. Many leadership academies for young people are out there , please apply for them.

 


Mr. Kennedy is the Regional Media and Publications Officer of the IPSF African Regional Office. rmpo@afro.ipsf.org Twitter: @OdoKent

“WHSS 2017 will be the biggest conference of its kind,” Janvier Kabogo, Chairperson 7th WHSS

The World Healthcare Students Symposium (WHSS) is the world’s biggest student conference, a biennial global multidisciplinary  summit that brings together healthcare students and healthcare professionals under one roof to learn, discuss and draw inspiration from eminent speakers, policy makers and renowned global health leaders. Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students Association(RPSA), a member of IPSF AfRO is set to host the 7th WHSS this year from November 23-27, 2017 in Kigali Rwanda. Our Regional Media and Publications Officer, Kennedy Odokonyero, had a chat with Janvier Kabogo, Chairperson of 7th WHSS. Here’s the excerpt:

Mr. Janvier Kabogo, Chairperson of 7th WHSS.

How’s the preparation for the WHSS going? Is everything going as planned? How are sponsors and students responding?                        

Well, Preparations are now on track, everything seems to be going the way it was /is planned.

Because of the idea of WHSS International Campus Ambassadors (ICAs) you can easily see that healthcare students across the World are excited about coming to Kigali in November for WHSS.

FYI WHSS is being organized under high patronage of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda Prof. Philip Cotton and endorsed by Rwanda Development Board (RDB). This gives the event more relevance and credibility hence attract partners and sponsors to come on board.

So far we have Ecobank- Rwanda as our only banking partner, Global Health Focus (GHF) and Global Engagement Institute (GEI) as our technical partners on the scientific aspect of the conference.                        

Great. Good work so far by your team. What’s the theme for WHSS 2017 and why did you choose that particular theme?                        

Thank you, WHSS 2017’s theme is “Towards the SDGs Agenda 2030: The role of a multidisciplinary approach in Healthcare”

Why?

Because through this platform we intend to create ground for discussions and understanding about how the need of multidisciplinary collaboration among healthcare students and professionals is paramount in achieving the SDGS.

Furthermore it will be an opportunity to inspire future global health leaders to take actions to change the World.                        

Why should every health science student be in Kigali comes November for the WHSS? To put it simply, how will the symposium benefit its participants?                        

I would summarize this in 3 simple points:

  1. Unlike other conferences that only focuses on field, WHSS provides a unique opportunity to meet and network with over 2000 expected delegates from different health fields Worldwide  that will be the biggest conference of its kind. We also expect to bring prominent speakers who will be sharing insights and their stories during plenaries, Panel discussion and Workshops , Quite a huge global gathering!
  2. Rwanda is one of the fastest [growing] economies in Africa, with clean city and lovely people, you’ve got to come and experience an exquisite hospitality of Rwandan people, Plus many beautiful touristic places, its Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, the home of famous gorillas and many more.
  3. FUN, WHSS 2017 will not only feature scientific programs and boring lectures , delegates will be given time to explore the culture of Rwanda through social events and explore by themselves Kigali during nights , those who want clubbing, social activities and making fun , you will have ample time for that…

Please don’t miss, #WHSSKigali17, come November!                        

Imagine a student is reading this interview from South Africa and would like to be a part of WHSS. What should he do? Where can he register from? Where can he get more information?                        

That is the most interesting question.

Beside our social media (Usually Twitter and Facebook) which are very active, you can visit our website www.whss2017.org for more information and online registration. After registration, you receive an automatic email containing payment information and procedures.

Talking about payment, we have two packages: Flexi Package without accommodation (100$) and Novo Package with accommodation (280$) you choose whatever affordable to you.

If you plan to come to Kigali before the conference kindly visit us and meet a dedicated organizing team at our permanent Secretariat Offices, Ecobank HQ Building, 8th Floor Kigali-Rwanda.                                            

Amazing. For students who might be having financial difficulties, is there any sponsorship or grant you are offering?                        

Huuum! Well, the team is working tirelessly to raise more funds, hopefully if we get many sponsors on board we shall definitely be able to provide scholarships, but that is something we don’t have full control over, it will depend.                        

However we encourage students to request for support letters and recommendation and do their own fundraising through crowdfunding and approaching different companies, institutions/Organizations.               

Can you explain what crowdsourcing is?                        

Crowdsourcing is one of online ways of fundraising whereby you elaborate clearly the object of your project that needs fund (be it a project, or an impactful/important trip) and you put it on website or social and get people willingly support you financially using their Visa Cards.                       

I am amazed by how your team is organising the symposium. The social media publicity and branding is amazing. The team looks so vibrant and motivated. What’s the secret to RPSA’s great skills in organising events?                        

Thank you so much for your motivation. Since when we joined RPSA in 2014 with my peers; Israel, Jeff ,Mandela amongst others, we have been wanting to learn, try new things, give ourselves challenges and aim high and I think , commitment ,determination and teamwork were at the heart of everything , be it success or setbacks.                        

Credits go to the amazing organizing team of this WHSS, Joint Working Group and generous support from the host association RPSA, Rwanda.        

7th WHSS Organizing Team.

I highly recommend that after the symposium through IPSF, you organise a training on event organisation for student associations. You have a lot of experience and skills to share with the world.                        

It would be a pleasure Ken! In fact, recently I was having a discussion with one of my closest colleague about developing a guide, kind of a tool that can give insights and guidance to freshmen on how to be actively involved in student led organizations, how can someone make an impact on a student level and such brilliant idea a on how to organize successful small and big events. And I think we shall co-work with you Ken! Will you be interested?      

I am definitely interested.            

Way to go.👌🏿                                                      

Thank you so much, I am so humbled! Thanks to IPSF for providing such platforms.                        

Any last words you have for health science students across Africa?                        

My wish is to see all healthcare students (be it Pharmacy, Medical, Nursing Dental, Veterinary and other allied health Sciences Students) convene to Rwanda for this cause (WHSS 2017). I would therefore like to welcome you all to Rwanda on behalf of the Organizing Committee, Patron of the conference, Joint Working Group and Our partners.  Welcome to Rwanda, Welcome to WHSS 2017, November 23-27, 2017

We look forward to seeing you all!                        

Thank you so much Janvier for making time to talk to us. We wish you all the very best in the preparations for the WHSS. We hope to be with you in November.                        

Thank you so much IPSF AfRO especially you Ken for the opportunity to feature in your publications. Let keep this journey interesting as it is now, I know with this enthusiasm and commitment, our future and the one of the Pharmacy is with no doubt bright.

By the way, let me take this opportunity to openly appreciate the good Job you guys in AfRO you are doing. You are inspiration to the next generations of pharmacists and global health leaders across the continent and the World at large.                        

😊😊😊 Awww thanks Janvier.