12 days to go! Are you ready???

The first ever Dr Charles Egwuatu Memorial lecture cum South East NiMSA debate competition is around the corner.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University Medical Students Association wishes to invite all and sundry to the first ever lecture in honor of their amiable life member, alumni, teacher and friend, Late Dr Charles Egwuatu.  The program will also feature NiMSA South East medical school competition.

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Arrival: All delegates are expected to be in NAUTH before noon on Friday 23rd June 2017!

Venue: Gilbert Metụ uzodike Auditorium, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi.

Program of events:

Memorial lecture: Noon 🕛, Friday 23rd June 2017.

Awareness march around nnewi: 4pm 🕓 Friday 23rd June 2017

Debate competition: 8am 🕗 Saturday 24th June 2017

Thanksgiving service: 7am ⏰ @ St Luke’s chaplaincy NAUTH.

For more enquiries, contact:

Chisom Marcellus Nwaneki ®
07062081352
Host president.

Nwofor Arize M. E
08133966484
LOC chairman.

Agbanu Frank A. V. B.
08138611735
Regional coordinator.

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INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF MEDICAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION, IFMSA AFRICA SUB-REGIONAL TRAINING

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) Sub-Regional Training (SRT) is a conference that brings together students from all over Africa. The conference aims at building capacity of Medical students in Africa on matters pertaining global health, volunteering, medical education, youth empowerment, reproductive and sexual Health. It will also equip them with the necessary soft skills that they will need in their future profession as Medical Practitioners.

This event is scheduled to hold from the 15th to 18th of June 2017 at Abuja, Nigeria with the theme “Global Health Today”
Here are some of the program highlights:
Lecture series on E-medicine, Global Health, Gender Based Violence and Safe & portable water for all.
Training New Trainers and Training of Medical Education Trainers.

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The trainings would allow its members to tailor the workshops according to their more specific needs. Effective global health education for example, provides students with an understanding of the broader determinants of health and healthcare delivery. It also encourages students to consider the ways in which these determinants transcend national borders, and the profound impacts of globalization on health.

Goal Six of UN SDGs was created to achieve ‘access to clean water and sanitation for all. Today 88% of all deaths from diarrheal diseases are attributed to inadequate access to Clean, Safe and portable water. These target areas of water, sanitation and hygiene are so inexplicably linked that all must be targeted together and achieved together to create sustainable change.
Adequate Safe and portable water is a social determinant of health, so therefore it is vital that the IFMSA addresses and works on this topic.

Expected participants include, Medical students, future health professionals, and indirectly the communities served by the medical students.

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For more information please visit our site:
http://www.srt2017abuja.org

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

IFMSA Regional Director, Africa Region:
Irakoze Magnifique

IFMSA CB Regional Assistant, Africa Region:
Etuk Eno-Abasi Etim

IFMSA SCORA Regional Assistant, Africa Region:
Toyosi Afolabi

IFMSA PC on Gender Based Violence:
Elizabeth Peters

National Organizing Committee

NiMSA President: Nwekpa William

Programs Coordinator: Ubong Anyang

Head SRT Secretariat: Ugwuneji Uchenna, Wandoo Abwa

Head Scientific Session: Okoli Dabedochukwu

Accommodation: Teberen Walter

Logistics coordinators: Stephanie Ogungbor, Bisiriyu Oluwatosin, Tolulope Adesida

Public Relation and Communication coordinators: Obi Mary Adaeze

Signed :
Etuk, Eno-abasi Etim
Chairperson, Organizing Committee, IFMSA Regional Assistant for Africa on Capacity Building,
Phone: 08037794575
Email: ra.cb.africa@ifmsa.org

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NiMSA CALL FOR OC MEMBERSHIP OF THE IFMSA AFRICAN REGIONAL MEETING(ARM) 2017

Summary: Call for membership of ARM2017.
Application deadline: 10th June, 2017 23:59GMT

Dear NiMSA members,

We hereby extend to you the call for membership of the organising committee of the ARM2017 which holds between December 18-22, 2017. The Regional Meetings take place every year in each IFMSA Region and are hosted by at least one NMO from the respective region. It aims at providing a forum for medical students in the region to discuss topics related to health, education and medicine; meet, socialize and exchange ideas. It is also an opportunity to be trained by seasoned IFMSA trainers.

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Nigerian Medical Students Association (NiMSA) is the proud host of the 2017 African Regional Meeting. In preparation for a historical event, the call for membership of the organising committee is now open.

SELECTION CRITERIA 

– Interest in and understanding of the ARM
– Have insight into IFMSA policy
– Show commitment to activities of NiMSA and respective MSA

Applicants are required to choose any 3 out of the following:

1. GENERAL COORDINATOR
2 . GENERAL SECRETARY
3. TREASURER
4. FUNDRAISING
5. LOGISTICS
6. ACCOMMODATION
7. VISA
8. WEBSITE and NEW TECHNOLOGY
9. SOCIAL PROGRAM
10. ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR
11.COMMUNICATION/PUBLIC RELATION

Interested persons should fill out the forms below.

More information, contact
Nimsa.nigeria@gmail.com

or National Public Relations Officer I : +234 807 457 9165

National Public Relations Officer II: +234 811 545 2727.

CLINICAL TRIALS IN AFRICA BY AFRICANS

Clinical trials, according to the National Institutes of Health, are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans.

A clinical trial may find that a new strategy, treatment, or device improves patient outcomes; offers no benefit; or causes unexpected harm.

African Clinical trials (done by Africans in Africa for Africans) have been fraught with challenges amongst which are lack of funds, poor economy and inadequate skilled professionals. The lack of contextual trials for Africa have led to the acceptance of research studies done for other race and culture. The trend is about to take a different turn.

The Association of Good Clinical Practice, Nigeria (AGCPN) under the guidance of Prof Ifeoma Okoye, Consultant Radiologist University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) is carrying out the 1st All Africa Clinical Trial Summit (June 6th-8th,2017). The summit will feature three Compelling innovations:

1) Pre-Summit Capacity Building Session on Grant Writing/SOP Development/Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials.

2) Town-Hall Meetings with Pharmaceutical/Device Industry, Regulators & African Governments’ Policy Influencers.

3) Simultaneous ‘Meet the Experts Summit Sessions’ (High-Networked Clinicians/Researchers and Non-Clinical Stakeholders).

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This is an invitation to all members of the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NiMSA). Let us join to make history at the Epoch “FLAG OFF CEREMONY OF THE INAUGURAL ALL AFRICA CLINICAL TRIAL SUMMIT”

VENUE: Civic Centre, Victoria Island Lagos.
DATE: Tuesday 6th of June, 2017.
TIME: Strictly 11-12.30pm.

Do you want to participate? To get tickets,

Please contact:
Email: agcpng1@gmail.com or clinicaltrialafric@googlegroups.com.
Phone: +2347089056843
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AGCPN/
Twitter: @agcpng

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Breaking News from ThummimNG!!!

Are you a medical or dental student? Are you looking for a website where you can register and take relevant online medical courses? Do you want a one-stop shop for all your medical needs and other products? Have you heard of Thummimng.com?

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Starting Off the Dental Courses and joining the Faculty of indefatigable Doctors is Dr Obitade Sunday Obimakinde (Senior Lecturer/Consultant Maxillofacial and Oral surgeon), Dental Department Ekiti State university Teaching Hospital(FMCDS).
He was the former Chairman NMA committee on publications and publicity, former Chairman NMA Ekiti State, former Head of Department Dentistry, Ekiti State University, former President ARD UCH amongst many other positions. He would be kicking off the dental courses.

For those who are yet to register please visit; http://www.thummimng.com today so you can be notified once his course goes LIVE!!
NiMSA: Stand out, Reach out and Help out.

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The Scourge of VVF; James Oche Emmanuel

It was 2013, our car had just arrived Jos metropolis and we were greeted by the stinging cold that the capital of Plateau State is famous for. One would wonder that of all times I would have chosen to come to Jos unprepared – without a sweater twice the thickness of my duvet, I chose to make my entry that cold November evening. Maybe that was quite silly of me but I had to be in Jos that day and that time. You see, a relative of mine came from the village and “small Doctor” as I was fondly called then was suppose to take her to Evangel hospital (also called Jan Kwano or Bingham University Teaching Hospital) Jos. This is an “Emergency” was the assessment my 200L mind could make and my plan was for her to be in Jos as soon as possible. Alas, she had Obstetric Fistula also called Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF).

VVF is a surgical condition that causes a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder of a woman. It occurs after a prolong obstructed labour in places where access to Caesarean Section are not readily available. It is caused when the baby is badly positioned, when the pelvis of the woman is too small or when the head of the baby is too big. It will interest is to know that while VVF is virtually absent in the Europe and America, it is commonly associated with poverty, lack of quality health care access, child marriage or early child bearing – hence its prevalence in Africa with Nigeria taking a lion share of it’s burden.

The paradox in my story is that when I finally got to Evangel Hospital- I wasn’t shivering again, neither was I cold anymore. I had been gutted with a fire of wonder and anger over the plight of several women who just like my patient have lived with the agony of VVF, this realisation stole the cold in me. Many of these women have had to live with VVF for decades, their stories were blood cuddling. I spent the better part of that night crying in my heart. These women have been isolated and treated like lepers by their spouse and family, most of them whilst still grieving the death of their babies that departed this world before their first cry. VVF leaves its patients with inability to control flow of urine or faeces, with this comes the well storied characteristic smell, isolation, rejection by family or spouse (sometimes), depression and suicidal thoughts usually ensues. If nothing is done to assuage their plights, these women come down with infection or failed kidneys.

Come May 23rd 2017, Nigeria will join the rest of the world in marking “The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula”. This is an annual practice we have kept since its announcement by the United Nations in 2012. Although we have made progress, we have a long way to go. Nigeria is still one of the countries with some of the world’s poor health care indicators – VVF inclusive. Out of the estimated 2 million people living with VVF worldwide, Nigeria is home to about 120 thousand of them with 12 thousand new cases diagnosed yearly. The horrifying reality is that only 5 thousand of these persons have access to treatment. These startling facts must be put to an end and there is no better time than now for YOU to instigate a demonstrable will to see this campaign to an end.

You can start by being part of campaigns like outreaches or among the many people who will raise awareness of this condition online by bringing to the consciousness of the government the need to upgrade the existing emergency Obstetric centres nationwide. Little as this may look, it will go a long way in reducing some of these appalling health care indexes. By talking about the scourge called VVF, we can get to educate ourselves as any of us can then identify and bring succour to that depressed young woman with VVF by just telling her the condition is treatable- free of charge in some centres nationwide. Help in this advocacy to disseminate information about obstetrics fistula and maternal care, join the the campaign for a better funding of the available centres we already have and be part of those educating and discouraging in it’s entirety, the practice of child marriage.
Little efforts as these will ensure our mothers and sisters don’t have to face this leprous scourge in the act of bringing forth new life.

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James Oche Emmanuel,
University of Abuja Medical Student’s Association.
2016 Director, NiMSA Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV and AIDS (SCORA).

BhUMSA AT FIVE!!!

NiMSA celebrates with Bingham University Medical Students Association (BhUMSA), Jos as they mark their fifth year anniversary and the 2017 health week with the theme: Substance abuse, Addiction and Health, starting from 22/05/2017 to 28/05/2017. Please endeavor to participate. 
Always Stand out, Reach out and Help out!!

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P.R.O… BhUMSA
Ogunjinmi Ayodele Martins
For the President, Ugwu Clement.