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18th AHSC/14th ESSA/IEA Conference
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Please be advised that the second announcement and call for papers of 
the 18th Annual African Health Sciences Congress in collaboration with 
the 14th Epidemiological Society of Southern Africa Conference and the 
6th African Regional Conference of the International Epidemiology 
Association is now available on the Internet.

The conference dates are:

14 - 17 April 1997 for the Conference
18 - 19 April 1997 for the Epidemiology Workshops

You can access it on the World Wide Web at 
http://www.mrc.ac.za/conference/ahsc.htm 

Introduction

The African Health Sciences Conference (AHSC) will be held in South 
Africa for the first time in its history. The 1997, 18th annual event 
will be held in collaboration with the 14th Epidemiological Society of 
Southern Africa (ESSA) conference and the 6th African Regional 
Conference of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), at 
the Bellville Inn, Western Cape.  The venue offers accommodation and 
conference facilities at low cost, which allows us to keep the 
conference fees to a minimum.  It is on the doorstep of the city of Cape 
Town, approximately 20 minutes drive to Groote Schuur Hospital or the 
University of Cape Town and in close proximity to the MRC, University of 
the Western Cape, University of Stellenbosch's Medical School, Tygerberg 
Hospital and other places of scientific interest.
      
Sub-Saharan Africa carries the highest burden of ill-health.  Research 
has a significant contribution to make towards finding effective ways to 
improve our health.  The World Health Organisation has identified four 
major challenges that research needs to address:

- the ?unfinished agenda? of infectious and maternal conditions that 
have a heavy burden among the poor 
- the ?changing nature of microbial threats? with new pathogens, and the 
evolution of drug-resistant variants 
- the hitherto neglected epidemics of non-communicable diseases and 
injury the effectiveness and equity of health services and health 
policy.

This conference aims to provide a forum for researchers from different 
disciplines to share advances in these areas.

The conference programme will include keynote speakers, submitted papers 
and posters as well as a symposium. It will be followed by workshops 
with a limited number of participants.

Keynote addresses will be in the areas of:
   Malaria
   TB
   Hepatitis
   Trauma (A symposium within the conference)
   Urbanisation and Environmental Health
   HIV / AIDS/STDs
   Nutrition
   Epidemiological Surveillance
   Health Systems Research
   Maternal and Child Health.

A Symposium on "Trauma" will form part of the programme.

For further information contact:

Mr SHANE VJ STOFFELS              
CCD - Conference Secretariat             
Medical Research Council 
P O Box 19070                      
TYGERBERG                            
7505 Cape Town South Africa
TEL:  +27-21-938-0346        
FAX:  +27-21-938 0395        
e-mail:SSTOFFEL@EAGLE.MRC.AC.ZA
http://www.mrc.ac.za/ 
Visit our conference(s) on the Web:  
http://www.mrc.ac.za/conference/confindx.htm

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