Message From Our President

 

I am very delighted and feel very honoured to be elected the President of the Union of National African Paediatric Societies and Associations (UNAPSA) for the next three years (2014 -2017). I am acutely aware of my role as the leading servant of the union and the need to facilitate the opportunities that the platform provides for advocacy, service, training and research for child survival in our region.

The need to propel and sustain a vibrant interactive forum for advocacy and communication on child health issues will be a primary goal. The human resource for health within the African region is known to be generally inadequate, and there is underutilisation and inappropriate application of available resources. Therefore, there is also need to focus on optimising the impact of available resources through partnerships in research and training within the region that draws on the internal strength of UNAPSA as well as utilise the external resources within and outside the African region for maximum impact of interventions on child health. Such partnerships will also provide opportunities for us to share our best practices particularly in this new era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Clearly, there are challenges within UNAPSA and indeed in the African region that call for innovative ways to overcome. It is my wish and hope that the outcome of the friendship among paediatricians will continue to foster the promotion and protection of African children and indeed all children of the world.

Dr Dorothy Esangbedo

President, UNAPSA

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