Reducing Maternal Mortality from Unsafe Abortion Conference

Reducing Maternal Mortality from Unsafe Abortion Conference Protea Hotel, Kampala

6-8th June, 2012

The 1st National conference on Unsafe abortion in Uganda held in Kampala, between the 6th and 8th of June, 2012 with the theme ‘Reducing Maternal Mortality from Unsafe Abortion’. In attendance were dignitaries from the ministry of health, Uganda, Political leaders (members of Parliament), activists, donor agencies, advocacy groups, FAMSA Executive members etc.

Due to the increasing maternal mortality rate in Uganda because of unsafe abortion the Ministry of health organized this conference sponsored by IPAS Alliance Africa, UNFPA and PACE. Heated debates, discussions and suggestions ensued all in view to channel a way forward to reduce the increasing maternal mortality rate in Uganda.

Maternal Conference pictures1

From left to right; Ephraim Kisangala (SCOMER chairman), Juuko Abdu (FAMSA East African regional coordinator), Dr. Phionah, Veronica (The former LOC for the 27th FAMSA Conference and GA, Priscilla (Treasurer), Dr. Osur (Director of Programs at IPAS), Dr. Kiggundu, John Paul Bagala( FAMSA president) and Fauz Kavuma(FAMSA Sec gen).

Undoubtedly FAMSA once again showed her zeal to achieving one of her numerous goals which is active participation in health related decision-making and contributing positively to the development of her members and Africa as a whole. The conference also afforded the opportunity for international dialogue and sharing of national experience.

Delegates at the National conference on Unsafe abortion at Protea Hotel in Uganda

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FAMSA Executives at the conference; (from right to left) Fauz (sec gen), Priscilla (Treasurer), John Paul(President), midwife, Ephraim(SCOMER chairman), Veronica(LOC chairman at the 27th FAMSA conference) and Juuko(FAMSA regional coordinator).

Food for thought; “In unequal world, these women are the most unequal among unequal” “Hundreds of pregnant women, alive at sunset last   night never saw the sunrise this morning. Some of   them died in   labour, some died of hemorrhage in hospitals lacking blood, some died in the painful convulsions of eclampsia and some died on the table of an unskilled abortionist trying to terminate an   unwanted pregnancy”

 H.Nakajima, WHO 1999

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The 1st FAMSA East African regional scientific conference and general assembly



Venue; Western Meridian Hotel Ltd, P.O. Box 286, Bushenyi, Western Uganda Region

AIM; to promote quality and provide equitable health to all people of East African community


1. To high light the global health, economic, social and structural challenges towards attaining quality and equitable health care.

2. To discuss the general methods of health resources allocation that have been successful in different countries and how best they can be applied in other countries.

3. To identify practical, effective, and easily implementable methods by which Medical Students all over East Africa, communities and other health care providers can contribute to improvement and the management of HIV, TB co- infections and Malnutrition and other medical conditions.

4. To make resolutions and advocate for more concerted political commitment from East African leaders towards the health related Millennium Development Goals

5. To highlight ways of improving East African health care provision capabilities and standards while also improving our current resource-poor circumstances.

6. To promote and catalyze medical research in medical universities and other health related institutions in East Africa


a) Pre General Assembly activities:

1. Malaria eradication campaigns

2. HIV/AIDS Awareness, counseling and testing

3. Promoting Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health

4. Community Hygiene Sanitation promotion

5. Reduction of Road Traffic Accidents by provision of Humps in Basajja-Ishaka trading centre.

b) General Assembly activities: Conferences, Workshops, Interactive forums and medical workshops.

c) Post General Assembly activities: Tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park.


  • Health policy development.
  • Mapping the health research landscape
  • Curbing Malnutrition as the major cause of child morbidity and mortality
  • The burden of mental illness
  • Role of Family planning in curbing maternal and child health .
  • HIV/ AIDS- TB Co-infection and MDRs (Multiple Drug Resistances)
  • The increasing burden of Non communicable diseases EA. (Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Sickle cell disease)-Non communicable diseases a burden to East Africa.
  • Health insurance systems in East African countries.
  • Health Service Management – East Africa
  • Safety of Medicines in East Africa
  • Medical students as activists and advocates

Conference website; for more information

You can download the conference registration form here conference registration form 2012

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The Day of the African Child marks the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising in 1976. On June 16, 1976, thousands of black South African students joined in a protest against the oppressive education policies of the apartheid regime. Police responded with force, killing an estimated two hundred children. Since 1991, June 16th has been an occasion to honour the courage of the children who participated in the protests, and to advocate for further action to address the physical and educational needs of children in Africa.

Pictures of Africa Child DayThis year’s theme was, “The Rights of Children with Disabilities”: the duty to protect, respect, promote and fulfill. In light of this situation, the Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA), which is a project- oriented body of African Medical Students who seek to be actively involved in tackling the peculiar problems of the African continent, especially with regard to health felt compelled to show our support for the disabled in Africa by marking the day with activities aimed at improving the health of and raising awareness about the rights of the disabled in our communities.

Picture of Africa Child DayMSAMU from Moi University (Kenya) and AMSKIU from KIU (Uganda) carried out the various activities on this day and partnered with various schools for the disabled, Non- Governmental Organisations, corporates and community members. In Kenya, the main sponsor was Handicap International- Kitale program office, T-shirts were provided by Safaricom and Paul’s Bakery- Eldoret, Coca Cola- Rift Valley Bottlers ltd, Khetia, Suam and Transmatt supermarkets (all based in kitale) provided soft drinks and snacks for the event.


Pictures of Africa Child Day

In Uganda, Hunter Fm and TV, Red cross, Pride microfinance, United Faith Chapel, contagious fellowship, Watoto staff, health partners and KIU Western Campus and Teaching Hospital.

The activities carried out included; Disability Awareness Walk, Free pediatric medical camp, Health education at neighboring schools and communities, Fun day and Be a buddy- day. Recommendations

 Be-a-buddy program; it is our recommendation that every Medical Students’ Association in FAMSA endeavor to set up a social responsibility  program in their university to enable the medical students to interact with disabled and less-privileged persons of society in their immediate locality.

FAMSA would also like to appreciate the following companies for their priceless support in ensuring the success of this event;

  • Safaricom (a national telecommunications company),
  • Coca cola
  • Khetia supermarket
  • Handicap International
  • Family health options
  • Hunter Fm and TV
  • Red cross
  • Pride microfinance
  • United Faith Chapel
  • KIU Western Campus and Teaching Hospital.

“Towards the improvement of Health in Africa”



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The 27th FAMSA General Assembly and Conference (Uganda)


Download 27th FAMSA General Assembly and Conference (UGANDA) REPORT

The 27th FAMSA conference and General Assembly under the theme; ‘Promoting maternal and child health’ was hosted by Gulu University ,Uganda  between 26th-31st March 2012. From the ambient conference environment of Acholi inn which served as accommodation and conference venue,  the exhilarating and educative plenary session ,abstrsct presentations by students and workshops, to the motherly treat by the first lady of Uganda Mrs. Janet Museveni. The conference filled the students with zeal to work harder and combat the current plight of mothers and children in Africa.

In attendants were over 150 medical students and Medical Professionals from different parts of the world representing medical schools in Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Burundi Tanzania, Netherland and England.

There was also a pre-conference activity that took place in Payicho a sub county in Gulu district, Uganda. It included giving out of free medical services to the local people especially the needy and it was sponsored by World Vision.

The 27th FAMSA conference and General Assembly had a vibrant, cosmopolitan community. It was a cultural melting pot where each person contributed their unique blend of knowledge and thinking. Our delegates most of who were students came from over 30 countries in Africa and the rest of the world.

The delegates were also treated with a tour to the Great Murchison Falls and National Park. The closing ceremony saw the presentation of the new executives of the federation, presentation of certificates and cultural display by a Ugandan cultural Troupe.

The conference was sponsored by NGOs like World Vision, UNICEF, IPAS Africa Alliance, WHO and AMREF. Others included Gulu University, University Hospital of South Manchester and the office of the President of Uganda.

Surely everything   about this GA was top notch. The exquisite and good organization of the LOC comprising of students from Gulu University left many international delegates awed and opting to go on in the conference till God knows when!

Kavuma Fauz

Secretary General


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ICASA 2011 – Own, Scale Up and Sustain

The 16th International conference on AIDS and STIs In Africa (ICASA) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between the 4th and 8th of December, 2011 with the theme ‘OWN, SCALE UP and SUSTAIN’. In attendance were dignitaries from far and wide including political leaders like Former President George W. Bush of USA, activists, donor agencies, advocacy groups, students etc.

Satellite sessions and exhibitions were staged and heated debates, discussions and suggestions ensued all in view to channel a way forward to make Africa responsible for funding and sustaining HIV treatment and response in order to compliment international donors and find a substitute for HIV response funding due to increasing donor fatigue emanating from the dwindling economic situation in Europe and America.

Members of the FAMSA headquarters board with the FAMSA President ,Ralph Kwame Akyea (extreme right) and the Treasurer, Dorothy Abakah(middle)

In attendance were delegates from FAMSA Headquarters board, MSAs and FAMSA Executives actively participating in plenary and satellite sessions. Undoubtedly FAMSA once again showed her zeal to achieving one of her numerous goals which is active participation in health related decision-making and contributing positively to the development of her members and Africa as a whole. The conference also afforded the opportunity for international dialogue and sharing of national experience.

A plenary session at the conference

The next edition is scheduled to hold in Durban, South Africa in December, 2013.

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