Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is my pleasure to invite you all to the 8th ICAN Congress to be held in Cape Town. This will be my first time, as Chair of ICAN, to welcome you all to our biennial Congress. ICAN has truly come of age and we are 12-years-old this year. We are the largest Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) organisation in Africa with a goal to ensure access to safe and quality healthcare across the continent. We plan in the next two years to expand our reach and involve our members more actively in all we do. We now have 10 affiliate societies and intend to support the establishment of more national IPC associations until we have at least one in every country in Africa.
Our theme this year is “IPC and Patient Safety”. Our programme will explore the essential role of IPC in in ensuring Patient Safety during Healthcare. Our emphasis will be on the efforts being made to prevent disease transmission in healthcare. Our programme will lay emphasis on “One Health” approach to AMR, antimicrobial stewardship, outbreak management, , viral haemorrhagic fevers, Education and training programmes, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH), surveillance, and Hygiene, surgical site infections. This year we will have a 2-day workshop following the congress, in collaboration with GOARN to prepare IPC professionals for outbreak response. It will be very exciting, and I urge you to sign up for it.
This year we will also be holding our first Breakfast Round Table with chairpersons of affiliate societies in Africa to discuss future plans and areas of collaboration. It will also be a forum to meet with partners so we can strengthen IPC programmes rapidly across the continent. As it has been our tradition, ICAN will be providing bursaries for some presenting authors and we look forward to support from our partners to bring in many young delegates.
ICAN appreciates most sincerely our many partners who make our congress possible. We ask all of you to join us for another exciting time in Cape Town where we discuss, network and make new friends. Join us in our fight against healthcare associated infections. Join us to make safe, affordable and quality healthcare a reality in every corner of the African continent.
See you in August in the beautiful city of Cape Town!
Professor Sade Ogunsola
Professor Val Robertson
ICAN Honorary Secretary