The 7th All Africa Anaesthesia (AAAC) Highly successful Congress wrap’s up
By Noreddine Bouarroudj
The 7th All Africa Anaesthesia Congress, organized by the Moroccan Society of Anesthesia and Critical Care (SMAR) and supported by the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) and its African Section (ARS) took place from 10th to 12th October 2019 at the Convention Centre Mansour Dahbi – Marrakech, Morocco.With a hundreds of participants, an impressive panel of high-level speakers, rigorous scientific presentations, workshops,oral communications and much more, the 7th All Africa Anaesthesia Congress came to a close. Several of the subspecialties of anesthesia was covered : Ultrasound Guided Anesthesia and Pain Medicine ,Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Critical Care , Neurosurgical Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Orthopedic Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia and Ethics.I was extremely delighted to give a presentation on ultrasound guided abdominal wall blocks.Also I give an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia workshop designed for anesthesiologists and anesthesia residents who use ultrasound in the performance of regional anesthesia.The workshop focuses on hands-on scanning for paravertebral block and abdominal wall blocks.A high level of satisfaction with the programme was demonstrated by participants. I attended several conferencess and oral communications.Does regional anesthesia improve outcome is the presentation that caught my attention.It was presented by Pr Xavier Capdevila.A high-flying and futurist one!
Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen President of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) , summarized an impressive list Congress achievements : « The science was great, as were the discussions regarding how to improve anaesthesiology in Africa .You really were able to create a friendly atmosphere for all delegates. It was impressive how you connected English and French speaking Africa, North, East, South, West into one big family. Thank you for inviting all of us non-African to participate in the « family activities », as well. »
As said by Pr El Adib Ghassane President of the SMAR (Societé Marocaine d’Anesthésie Réanimation) the prime focus of AAAC is to bridge the gap towards better perioperative care across Africa.I am convinced that the goal will be reached !
Our sincere thanks for having us in your marvelous city Marrakech when we attended the congress. It gave us a chance to share science with anesthetists. After the official ceremony we especially enjoyed the Dinner on Friday 11 in the Marvelous magical Palmeraie of Marrakesh. Thanks again for your warm hospitality.