West Africa

FEDERATION OF AFRICAN MEDICAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS (FAMSA) 31st GENERAL ASSEMBLY

⁠⁠⁠🌍 Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA)🌍

presents

31st General Assembly

Date πŸ—“ : 13th-17th September, 2017.

Venue 🏫 : Niger Delta University, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

This historic event is an annual platform where medical students from over 30 African countries come together to discuss health issues pertaining to Africa.

Featuring:
πŸ›‘ Scientific Seminars/Lectures
⚫ Inter medical school Quiz
πŸ”΅ Sight seeing
✳ Native Dinner
🌐 General Election

DELEGATE FEES
➑ Nigerian: $16
➑ Foreign : $32

It promises to be enlightening, fun and adventurous. We look forward to your arrival at Yenagoa!
FAMSA….Towards the improvement of health in Africa

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DEPRESSION – A CALL TO ACTION

The study, published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Journal of Medicine, found that globally, the prevalence of depression was 4.4 per cent, while Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories were amongst the most depressed states.

According to the research, depressive orders are second only to lower respiratory infections when it comes to inflicting the most years of disability on people throughout the world.

Clinical depression is defined as involving at least one major episode in which the affected individual experiences a depressed mood almost all day, every day for at least two weeks.

The researchers used data on the prevalence, incidence, remission rates and duration of depression and dysthymia (a milder, chronic form of depression that lasts for at least two years), and on the excess deaths caused by these disorders from published articles.

They found that the prevalence of depression for women was almost twice as high than it was for men.

More than five per cent of people in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean have depression, the researchers found.

However, it is important to note the research was based on the rate at which people were diagnosed with clinical depression, rather than actual rates of depression.

Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri a consultant Neuro Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Medical Director at pinnacle medical service, in an interview with Kemi Ajumobi of Business day newspaper, Nigeria. Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds. When mild, people can be treated without medicines but when depression is moderate or severe they may need medication and professional talking treatments. The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, financial challenges, physical illness, abuse-physical, sexual, emotional and drug, conflicts, economic instability and recession.

There can’t be a better time to spring into action than now when there is an upsurge of depression around the world. At a time where conflicts are daily arising among nations and communities causing economic instability and recession making life more difficult for people especially in Africa and in the Middle East.

According to Prof. Lourens Schlebusch, there are at least 23 suicides a day in South Africa – which may be underestimated due to the stigma involved in suicide. However, data on suicides and other unintentional injury deaths are not systematically tracked by any agency in the country making accurate statistics hard to come by, says SA’s largest mental health NGO, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).

Depression is the most prevalent mental illness in the developing world. In Africa, it’s devastating: 66 million women are suffering. The great majority have no medical services to turn to for help–strong minds.org. If this number of our women ( clinically diagnosed alone)are suffering from severe depressions in a continent Where most women are housewife’s, how will they be able to Take adequate care of our children emotionally. I hope we are not breeding a “depressed future generation”.

From being some of the happiest people on earth, Nigerians have slumped to the rank of the most depressed in Africa. This was the conclusion contained in the latest figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which show that Nigeria has 7,079,815 sufferers of depression, that is 3.9 per cent of the population.

Also, 4,894,557 Nigerians, that is 2.7 per cent of the population, suffer anxiety disorders. The country is closely followed by Ethiopia with 4,480,113 sufferers, that is 4.7 per cent of her population; Democratic Republic of Congo with 2,871,309 sufferers (3.8 per cent); South Africa with 2,402,230 sufferers (4.6 per cent); and Tanzania with 2,138,939 sufferers, that is 4.1 per cent. Seychelles has the lowest number of depressed persons with just 3,722 that is 4.0 percent

One thing about depression is that you can’t sufficiently know how it feels and what debilitating impact it Can have until one goes through depression. Unlike myriads of other clinical illness, it can’t be readily diagnosed and can even be easily missed. It’s like a smothering fire. It gradually and quietly eats away the sufferer’s life. Most of the time, their health parameters may even be normal yet there’s this huge sore in their lives which can’t be picked by any new generation medical diagnostic kit.

Depression is pilfering our lives and future; let’s curb it.

 

AKINDE TITUS GBOYEGA
5th year medical student,
University of Ibadan,
Oyo state, Nigeria.

 

 

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WEST AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING OF FAMSA AT UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST, GHANA

WEST AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING OF THE FEDERATION OF AFRICAN MEDICAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS (FAMSA)

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST, GHANA

OCTOBER 5 to 9

The program officially kick started on Wednesday the 5th of October with the arrival of delegates and registration of delegates, not much could be done due to the time of arrival, but University Of Cape Coast medical student association gave a wonderful reception, with excellent accommodation and feeding (pictures included below), and an Sexually Transmitted Infection Lecture took place which was wow!!!

As we go on everything was perfect from the accommodation, electricity, mosquito free environment, we advanced to other days with fun and academically filled programs, which includes the Famsa Orientations, free general screening of the Amamoma Community, the Sexual Right and Reproductive Health charge took place. Believe me, that was fun as several delegates kept pepetaing (only if you were around, can you understand) the ball, we also had an enlightment as regards the forth coming Nigerian Medical Students Association Female International Summit, we had the MSA presidents and Gen Sec Forum which was also graced by the President Ghana MSA Mr ERIC GYAN.

As if that was not enough, a football match took place with FAMSA delegates againstΒ  the host UCCMSA, with FAMSA DELEGATES winning the match by 1 goal to nill.

Friday came along as we went to BOTI FALLS and a Resort for for the excursion, it was a full day, pictures would indicate that below

On Saturday, it dawn on us all that the program was about coming to an end, like they say, all good things have an end, we had the caucus meeting, we had some deliberations and Identified the need for school to put into consideration making medical students available to attend more of such conferences and also supporting the students, the FAMSA ADMIN, ONAGA ZITA also gave a charge and expatiated on the functions of the FAMSA ADMIN which also included the rights of a FAMSITE.

The occasion was also graced by the FAMSA PRESIDENT. NJANG EMMANUEL who had nothing but good words to say and portrayed a leader that is committed to the root of all the running of FAMSA activities.

Schools that participated includes University Of Cape Coast, University for Development Sciences Tamale, Bowen University, Babcock Univerisity, Olabisis Onabanjo University, University Of Ibadan, University Of Lagos, Lagos State University, University Of Jos. Niger Delta University amidst others.

The West Africa Regional Excos lead By the West Africa Regional Coordinator Dr Olajide Oyegbile, the West Africa Regional Secretary General Dr Oyeleye Egunjobi, The West Africa Sponsorship Chairman Dr Ajibade Philip likewise the West Africa Regional Consultants and Liason Chairman Mr Abimbade Samuel and Mr Bakre Hamzat who did a wonderful work in making sure this was made possible with smiles on the face of FAMSITES, this could not have been possible without the support of the entire team which includes University For Development Sciences and their entire Executives, Also the Executives of University Of Capecoast led by the President Mr EKUBAN, Samuel, the West African Regional Executives, Mr Ope Adewale, Mr Oluwajuyigbe Mayowa, Mr Erinfolami Adeife, Mr Usigbe Victor, Mr Ola Sule, Miss sade olanubi, Mr Folorunso Goke.

 

Like they say pictures don’t lie, take a look as we plan and anticipate the next West Africa Regional Meeting early next year in Nigeria.

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