ISN CME Program Supports Two Speakers at the Nigerian Association of Nephrology Annual Conference and Presents the 2019 Pioneer Award
Through its Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program, the ISN was pleased to contribute to the 32nd Scientific Conference and General Meeting, held by the Nigerian Association of Nephrology in February 2020, in Ibadan, Nigeria.
The ISN supported two speakers to lecture at the event: Rasheed Balogun, Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in the USA, and Prof. Hesham Safouh, Professor of Pediatric Nephrology at Cairo University in Egypt.
The three-day meeting was oriented toward a variety of healthcare practitioners involved in treating kidney diseases, including doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and technicians. 6oo participants attended from around the country.
According to Aliyu Abdu, consultant nephrologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Secretary-General of the Nigerian Association of Nephrology, and co-organizer of the event, the overall aim was to improve patient care in the region, notably through the practical sessions that took place at the conference.
The conference was an opportunity to present the ISN Pioneer Award for the Africa region to Prof. Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of nephrology.
Prof. Akinkugbe, who sadly passed away on June 15, 2020, was a widely published pioneer of nephrology in Africa responsible for training current leaders in the field in Nigeria. He instigated the establishment of two clinics at the UCH in Ibadan, one in hypertension and the other in renal disorders. Both clinics were firsts in Africa. The ISN offers its sincerest condolences to his family.
CME meetings, available to full ISN members, are designed to stimulate the interest of regional nephrology communities to expand their programs and networks and to inspire young professionals to become part of the ISN community.
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