African Health Leaders Start Renaissance
issued on July 3, 2006

Physician leaders from thirteen African countries are meeting in Johannesburg to discuss the re-establishment of a confederation of medical associations for the continent of Africa.

Physicians are regarded as very important social leaders on this continent, who can significantly contribute to the improvement of healthcare standards.

For this reason for the delegates have decide to focus their efforts on working together on projects such as HIV/AIDS, human resources for health and care for the vulnerable sections of the African population.

Dr Kgosi Letlape, President of the World Medical Association, who was the host of the meeting, encouraged the health leaders of Africa, to be resourceful as opposed to seeking resources. "The professionalisation of being victims should end. Africans should now stand up, accept our personal and collective responsibility, and start the African health renaissance."

The inaugural assembly of the African Medical Ass will be held at Pilanesberg, South Africa during October 2006.