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Zambia 2018

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia was the host city for the 11th international conference and the theme was “Universal Primary Health Care Revisited” and marked our 4th visit to the African continent since the beginning of our journey.

Image result for cresta golf view hotel lusakaThe conference opened officially with a wonderful reception at the conference hotel, the Cresta Golf View Hotel. The music was outstanding, and the conversation was a mixture of old friends meeting up and new friendships being formed.

Cresta Golf View - Hotel Lusaka

The keynote speakers this year were preceded by a welcome address from the Permanent Health Secretary Dr Jabbin Longa Mulwanda, who welcomed delegate and the organisation to Zambia.

The keynote speakers were:

  • Dr. Nathan Bakyaita, WHO Country Director
  • Professor. Sekelani Banda, Director HRP&D Ministry of Health Zambia
  • Mr. R. Shivakumar – President of the Indian Association of PAs (IAPA)

The conference was well attended with over 75 delegates on the first day. There were an excellent variety of short papers covering a huge range of topics from Factors that influence implementation of occupational safety and health management systems at public universities in Kenya, to School children and adults as malaria reservoirs in Zomba Malawi, and many others of great interest. The quality has improved and the depth of subjects covered increased every year.

There were also a range of workshops offered to those who attended, that covered Problem Based Learning, Curriculum mapping, Lumbar Punctures and using standardized patients.

There was a very healthy and in depth discussion about how IAPAE could become the international accreditation body for programmes across the world, more discussion will follow next year at our 12th conference.

We were hugely indebted to SolidardMed and LED Liechtenstein Development Service for their generous and kind support of the entire conference, without which we would never have been able to have such a rich diversity of culture and content at this year’s conference. We were overwhelmed be the extraordinary support and truly hope that this is the beginning of a long-term partnership.


IAPAE is a global academy of Physician Associate Educators, established in the year 2008 by a dedicated group of educators and clinicians to bring together physician associates globally to develop and share best educational practices while respecting regional cultures.

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