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History of AfHNS

In 2005 there were no specialist head and neck surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa north of South Africa. By 2018 there were 14 fully trained head and neck surgeons in 11 Sub-Saharan African countries who had completed a full year of training through the University of Cape Town Karl Storz Head and Neck Fellowship (12) and the PAACS/Hopkins Head and Neck Fellowship in Cameroon (2). This group of head and neck surgeons established the African Head and Neck Society (AfHNS) in Rwanda in 2016.

Kigali 2016

Mission of the AfHNS

  1. Improve outcomes of patients with diseases of the head and neck in Africa through prevention, clinical excellence, teaching, training and research, and by promoting the highest professional and ethical standards
  2. Coordinate and advance training and education of those engaged in the management of patients with diseases of the head and neck in Africa
  3. Promote friendship and collaboration among those engaged in the management of patients with diseases of the head and neck in Africa

Activities of AfHNS (future)

  • 30 Nov 2018: Cape Town, South Africa: Head & Neck Ultrasound course: Johan Fagan
  • 1, 2 Dec 2018: Cape Town, South Africa: IFOS “Teaching the teachers”: Lectures and cadaver dissections for head & neck surgeons on partial laryngectomies, regional flaps, tracheal resection, and tarsorrhaphy by an international teaching faculty; Contact: Johan Fagan
  • 2019: Harare, Zimbabwe; 3rd AfHNS Head and Neck cadaver dissection workshop with AfHNS faculty, and 3rd AfHNS conference: Innocent Kundiona

Activities of AfHNS (past and future)

  • May 2018: Accra, Ghana; 2nd AfHNS Head and Neck cadaver dissection workshop with AfHNS faculty, Head & Neck Ultrasound course, and 2nd AfHNS conference
  • May 2017: Kenya: Head and Neck cadaver dissection workshop in Nairobi with AfHNS faculty, followed by 1st AfHNS conference in Mombasa
  • June 2016: Kigali, Rwanda: Establishment of AfHNS

Membership of AfHNS

  1. Full membership shall be open to doctors, dentists, allied health professional, allied scientists and nurses engaged in the care of patients with neoplasms and other diseases of the head and neck in Africa. Only full members in good standing shall have the privileges of voting in the conduct of the affairs and business of the society or of holding office or of chairing standing committees
  2. Associate membership shall be granted to nurses, audiometricians, allied scientists, and clinical officers engaged with diseases of the head and neck in Africa
  3. Corresponding membership shall be granted to doctors, dentists and allied health professionals, allied scientists or nurses who, in the judgment of the executive committee, are actively engaged in the management of patients with neoplasms and other diseases of the head and neck and who reside outside Africa
  4. Candidate membership may be granted to postgraduate trainees enrolled in approved residency programs in Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, General Surgery, or Maxillofacial surgery
  5. Honorary membership may be bestowed at the discretion of the executive committee of the society on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of diseases of the head and neck

How to become a member

Write to the Secretary of the AfHNS, Joyce Aswani

Office Bearers of AfHNS

2018/19

2017/18

2016/7

Find a Head and Neck Surgeon in your region

The following are fellowship-trained head and neck surgeons and members of the AfHNS in sub-Saharan Africa

African Head and Neck Fellowship Programmes

Organisations to contact about surgical outreach training in head and neck surgery

Useful Open Access Resources

Articles about Head and Neck Surgery in Africa

  1. Fagan JJ, Aswani J, Otiti J, Mushamba V, Liyombao E, Woodson G, Weed D, Zender C, Mannion K, Netterville JL, Wagner R, Zafereo M. Educational workshops with graduates of the University of Cape Town Karl Storz Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship Program: a model for collaboration in outreach to developing countries. SpringerPlus 2016 Sep 23;5(1):1652
  2. Mulwafu W, Ensink R, Kuper H, Fagan JJ. Survey of ENT services in Sub-Saharan Africa: Little progress between 2009 and 2015. Global Health Action. Volume 10, 2017 – Issue 1 
  3. Fagan JJ, Zafereo M, Aswani J, Netterville JL, Koch W Head and Neck Surgical Subspecialty training in Africa. Sustainable models to improve cancer care in Developing Countries. Head Neck. 2017 Mar;39(3):605-11
  4. Fagan JJ. Global Health in Otolaryngology: Ch 12. Workforce Considerations, Training and Diseases in Africa. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. Eds: James E. Saunders JE, Cordes SR, Zafereo M. 2018 Feb 27. pii: S0030-6665(18)30009-4. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2018.01.009

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