SASCI and AfricaPCR 2013 Congress Report

  • February 22, 2012

The 2nd AfricaPCR programme was held in Cape Town from 20 – 22 February 2013.

AfricaPCR 2013 had an exceptional local and international faculty consisting of members of the first AfricaPCR Board: Farrel Hellig (RSA), William Wijns (Belgium), Bernard Gersh (USA), Sajidah Khan (RSA), Tom Mabin (RSA), Ganesh Manoharan (Ireland), Christoph Naber (Germany), Mpiko Ntsekhe (RSA) and Harun Otieno (Kenya). Gerald Yonga from Kenya and Jean Marco (France) concluded the international faculty.

AfricaPCR Interactive Case Corner and a full-day AfricaPCR programme was embedded in the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery 2013. For the Interactive Case Corner 28 case submissions were received from all over the world (Africa including South Africa, Asia, Europe, Middel-East and South America) and a broad range of interventional material was discussed. This session was well attended and lively and informative discussions were had.

The main AfricaPCR Programme (22 February) included a “How should I Treat” session on pericardial disease and two “Learning the Technique” sessions on balloon mitral valvuloplasty and TAVI. The Friday programme was well attended by more than 150 delegates and feedback was extremely positive.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to these meetings and believe that we have established a firm base for the planned two-day AfricaPCR Course in 2014 which takes place from 13 – 15 March 2014 in Cape Town.

In support two SASCI breakfast aymposia were also hosted on 21 and 22 February to bolster adult coronary content during the World Congress. Adie Horak was the SASCI programme convener with able assistance from Dave Kettles and Mark Abelson. The programme had a “PCR – How Should I treat” format. Both sessions were extremely well attended and the subject matter, "Case-based Discussions: Complications of coronary intervention" and "Case-based Discussions: Interventions in coronary lesion subsets" lead to vigorous discussion with active audience participation.

I wish to thank the AfricaPCR board and staff from Europa Organisation for their concerted efforts in moulding the PCR toolkit to fit African needs. Our challenge for the first standalone AfricaPCR course in 2014 is to further “Africanise” our agenda and to attract many African delegates. We have come a long way and will continue to develop AfricaPCR to become a course “by and for” our continent.


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