Saturday, November 02, 2019

Report on the ARAOH Congress August 2011

The Africa Regional Association of Occupational Health (ARAOH)/ South African Society of Occupational Medicine (SASOM) Congress

‘Care for the occupational health needs of the worker: Biological, Physical and Psychological’

25-27 August 2011

Members of the ARAOH Board and others at the meeting held at the ARAOH/SASOM Congress on 27 August 2011.

At the back from the left: Dr Tim Ngozo (Zimbabwe), Dr Chiekh Cisse (Senegal), Dr Leon Seymore (South Africa). Dr Musa Nyandusi (Kenya), Dr Dingani Moyo (Zimbabwe) Dr Kader Toure (Senegal), Dr Charles Roos (ICOH National Secretary South Africa), Dr Okon Akiba (SOEPHON, Nigeria), Dr Babacar Fall (ICOH National Secretary, Senegal), Dr Ferdie Smith (South Africa), Prof Daan Kocks (SASOM Chairman, South Africa) Prof Mary Ross (ICOH Board member, South Africa) and Dr Danie Ungerer (South Africa).

Front row from the left: Mrs Jenny Acutt (scribe, South Africa), Mrs Uche Ojomo (ICOH Board member, Nigeria) Ms Claudina Nogueira (South Africa), Dr Beatrice Sangare (Ivory Coast) and Dr Vusumuzi Nhlapho (South Africa).


Compliments received from the Congress attendees and the favourable comments on the   evaluation forms for 22 Continuing Education Units, indicates that the ARAOH/SASOM Congress was a huge success.

Delegates and presenters came from Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, France, Ghana, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Excellent presentations addressed every aspect of ‘Care for the occupational health needs of the worker: Biological, Physical and Psychological’. 

The presentation on ‘Building occupational health and safety human capacity in Africa through sharing: a learning repository and journals’ by Dr Linda Grainger was central to the theme of revitalising ARAOH. To underline the message SASOM distributed the latest issue of Occupational Health Southern Africa and we are aware of several presenters who wish to publish their research in the Journal.

The number of parallel sessions on travel medicine, hazardous chemical substances and hazardous biological agents, and the tracts on the International Commission on Occupational health, the SA Society of Occupational Health Nursing Practitioners, the SA Institute of Occupational Hygiene and Elixir Health , left the delegate spoilt for choice.

The Neil White Memorial Seminar was incorporated into the programme and excellent presentations addressed occupational lung conditions, including asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and occupational asthma.

Much networking and several ‘business’ meetings took place during the three days. One such meeting arranged by Mrs Uche Ojomo, ICOH Board member, was that of the Pan African Business Coalition on HIV and Health. The Chief Executive Officer, Dr Valentine Engoudou Douala-Mouteng and the Chief Operating Officer, Mr Dinesh Appavoo met with interested persons from several countries to discuss the way forward. 

The enthusiasm and camaraderie was tangible.  The original ARAOH Board of 8 persons swelled to 17 as officials from the different countries wished to contribute to ARAOH in future. See the accompanying photograph.

It was not all work as the running enthusiasts set off at 06:00 each morning for a fun run and guests were entertained at the Barnyard Theatre on the Friday evening.  The Congress Dinner was well attended and included a drumming session which had everyone tapping in unison.

We have subsequently learned from Dr Musa Nyandusi that the Kenyan Government and Occupational Health organisations are working on a proposal to host the ARAOH Congress in Kenya in 2014. 

SASOM wishes to express their gratitude to the presenters, delegates, chairpersons and organisers.  Some on the presentations will be placed on the SASOM website in due course.

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