For the first time, Rwanda this year will host the world health students summit (WHSS).
The event is expected to bring together over 3,000 participants.
It will be held November 23-27, at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village under the theme, “Towards the SDGs agenda 2030; the role of a multidisciplinary approach in healthcare.”
Bringing together healthcare students and professionals around the world, the summit will provide a platform for participants to discuss and learn new ideas with an aim to seek solutions to complex health challenges.
Janvier Kabogo, the chairperson of the organising committee, said that it is an opportunity for all nursing, medicine, pharmacy and health care technology students to discuss, debate, and learn about a wide range of health issues.
Kabogo said it would be an opportunity for the country to showcase the progress made in the health sector after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Kabogo expects the summit to help enhance the collaboration and promotion of partnerships between all healthcare stakeholders globally.
“The conference will be a long-term solution to health related problems. We believe that, through different inspirations, we shall come up with solutions,” he said.
Being the world’s biggest student gathering, the summit fosters inter-professional collaboration among healthcare students, recent graduates and healthcare professionals in addressing the most pressing challenges facing global health and shaping advocates for the future.
Its main objectives include; creating a networking platform with global health leaders and professionals from across the globe.
The summit is expected to attract qualified speakers including, top executives from multinational healthcare companies, leaders of civil society organisations, members of the academia, researchers, innovators among others.
Other topics to be discussed include; non-communicable diseases, tobacco and illicit drug abuse, sexual and reproductive health and rights, infectious disease, neonatal care treatment, trauma and mental health, migrants health, financing in health, social entrepreneurial approach to affordable health services, inclusive health for vulnerable groups, and oral health.