About 200 pathologists are in Kigali to attend the biannual meeting of the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA), which opens today and runs through Wednesday.
Pathology is the science of the causes and effects of diseases, especially the branch of medicine that deals with the laboratory examination of samples of body tissue for diagnostic or forensic purposes.
According to Dr Fabien Ntaganda, the President of Rwanda Society of Pathologists, the meeting will emphasise on laboratory practice and teaching in the APECSA region.
The meeting will be held under the theme, “Resetting the pathology agenda in the East, Central and Southern African.”
The meeting will partly be an occasion to celebrate APECSA 25th anniversary, while College of Pathologist of East, Central and Sothern Africa (COPECSA) will have conferment of around 50 students.
“We are excepting 200 delegates; we are trying to harmonise practice and teaching within the COPECSA region,” Ntaganda told The New Times.
Rwanda joined the APECSA community in 2014, and the council decided to hold this year’s meeting in Rwanda, partly because of the country’s recent achievements in the health sector, according to a statement.
Expected to attend are senior government officials, the president of the American society of paythologists, the head of Royal College of pathologists UK, the Founder of APECSA, among others, according to Ntaganda.
Formed in 1990, APECSA is a professional body with the aim of advancing pathology in East, Central and Southern Africa through; improvement of methods of teaching, training and services in pathology; coordination of all disciplines related to pathology and allied sciences; promotion of research; and cooperation with national and international organisations.
Other responsibilities of the council include, dissemination of reports and information; provision of a forum for communication between pathologists in the region; and promoting the interests, privileges and welfare of its members.