t is a great pleasure for us to personally invite you to the International Federation of Fertility Societies’ 2018 (IFFS) International Symposium in Serena Hotel and Conference Center, Kampala, Uganda. The conference will be hosted by the IFFS, in collaboration with the African Fertility Society and the Uganda Fertility Society.
It’s an exciting time in Africa as we develop and evolve to become more responsive and open to new ideas in the field of Infertility Care. Supporting and complementing this change is the IFFS – a global organization in official relations with WHO, uniquely located at the forefront of the explosion of knowledge in infertility and its treatment, ART techniques, regulations, patient safety, developing national ART registries, and with capacity to support ongoing and emergent unmet infertility care needs at national, regional, and global levels.
For the first time an international conference of this magnitude will be held in sub-Saharan Africa. This provides the opportunity for Africa’s infertility care providers, trainers, researchers and policy makers to pool, and share knowledge and experience with IFFS experts from across the world.
We’d like to give you an idea of what you can expect at the conference and during you stay in Uganda. A one-day pre-conference workshop will feature various ART topics as well as training in practical techniques. There will be plenaries by key opinion leaders in the world of infertility, WHO, Merck Foundation, etc. preceded by the Opening Ceremony by the President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and two days filled with a variety of scientific programs.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque rolling hills and green valleys that herds of impalas once roamed, hence the name Kampala. Further a field you should take time to discover Uganda’s natural beauty, and its friendly people.
Winston Churchill called it the “Pearl of Africa, Uganda, is a stunning country with beautiful scenery, lush green vegetation, crisscrossed by rivers with crystal clear water and breathtaking wildlife in an imaginable profusion.
Take time before or after the conference to explore the incredible diversity of this charming destination. Exercise yourself as you track chimpanzees in Kibale National Park. But nothing will quite prepare you for coming face to face with the mighty mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forrest National Park. The nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park provides you with unique game drive to crown your tour of western Uganda.
Variety is the spice of life. At Murchison National Park, located astride the mighty Nile river in its majestic journey to the Mediterranean sea you’ll have the exciting experience of East Africa’s wildlife with once in a lifetime viewing of the “big five”, plus many more animals and birds including giraffes, hippopotamus, man-eating Nile crocodile and a variety of antelopes. The highlight of your two-day tour is the Murchison Falls where the one mile wide Nile river contracts severely into a 7 meter gap in the underlying rock formation before dropping 30 meters perpendicularly in a roaring torrent of clear water that contrasts spectacularly against the dark rock in the gorge below.
Adventure further afield, in the north east of the country to the Kidepo Valley National Park, ranked as the third Best National Park in Africa by CNN Travel, you’ll find nature’s spectacle defined by a 360 degrees panoramic view of mountain ranges in the skyline above the green valley below darkened by thousands of buffalos, zebra, elephants and giraffes.
Before closing, We’d like to thank each of you in advance for attending our conference and for bringing your expertise to our gathering that the Uganda’s Minister of Health, the Uganda Fertility Society, and African Fertility Society and the International Federation of Fertility Societies have worked to bring to fruition.
Our personal respect and thanks go out to all of you.
Sincerely, Richard Kennedy, President IFFS Ashiru Oladapo, President AFS Robert Busingye, UFS
2018 IFFS-AFS International Symposium – Kampala
Oladapa Ashiru, MD (AFS) | Tina Buchholz, MD (IFFS) | Richard Kennedy, MD (IFFS) | James Olobo-Lalobo, MD (UFS) | Joe Leigh Simpson, MD (IFFS)