AASLD is excited to announce a new global partnership. This August, AASLD is collaborating with the Ghana Association for the Study of Liver and Digestive Diseases (GASLIDD) to host the first Hepatology Connect program in Africa in conjunction with the Fourth Annual GASLIDD Meeting.
Led by course organizers Drs. Adwoa Agyei-Nkansah and Lewis Roberts, the two-day program will begin by providing attendees with an opportunity to learn about clinical and translational research study design, the design and execution of clinical trials, leveraging clinical resources for research, and how to create a liver disease research database platform using Rave. The afternoon of the first day will address statistics for the non-statistician, writing and publishing manuscripts and will provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss potential collaborative research projects in Africa. The second day of the Hepatology Connect program will turn to practice guidelines and guidances related to Hepatitis B and C, Fatty Liver Disease, Ascites and Hepatorenal Syndrome, and HCC. Two panels of regional key opinion leaders will lead discussions about improving liver health and enhancing liver surgery capability in Africa. The two-day program concludes with an exciting dialogue amongst global thought leaders about the critical need for local, regional, national, continental, and global collaboration to eliminate viral hepatitis in Africa. Input from Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Lesi (WHO), Timothy Block (Hepatitis B Foundation), Anthony Nsiah-Asare (Director-General of Ghana Health Service), Emmanual Dzotsi (Program Manager, National Viral Hepatitis Control Program, Ghana Health Service), and Yaw Awuku will drive this closing session. In attendance will be Dr. Ibn Chambas, the current Executive Secretary of Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS).
AASLD welcomes this new collaboration and the opportunity to co-facilitate critical dialogue related to the elimination of hepatitis in a region of the world that experiences a major health burden from this disease. The AASLD Connect program is an initiative of the AASLD Global Outreach and Engagement Committee, which has the goal of building long-term collaborations between AASLD and national and regional organizations that are focused on improving liver health in different parts of the world. Similar initiatives are underway or planned in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.