Lancaster University is to host its first health conference in West Africa, a statement said.
Normally, Lancaster University only hosts medicine and health-related conferences regularly in the UK.
It said once Lancaster University Ghana’s (LUGs) purpose-built, multi-disciplinary campus is completed in the next few years, the university would significantly expand its current rate of programme offerings to include new ones like health, engineering, environment, and eco-innovation.
The university also intended to host a variety of conferences in Ghana across its disciplines highlighting the centres of excellence.
The purpose of the conference was to bring together leading academics, policymakers, clinicians, practitioners, and students from the UK and West Africa, with the view to assess current and future challenges for medical management in West Africa.
It also serves as a platform for students in Africa who are undertaking PhD programmes in LUG and elsewhere to showcase and receive feedback on their work.
‘It is the only British University to have a fully-fledged branch campus in West Africa and is set to grow into a major regional teaching and research university of international standing in the near future,’ it added.
It said by attending the conference, individuals would have the opportunity to learn about contemporary research in health and medicine, share research ideas and network with practitioners and researchers from the UK and Africa.
The scope of the conference includes challenges from the spread of infectious diseases to the management of health services in the region
Some of the keynote speakers of the conference include Dr. Gilbert Buckle – CEO of Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Jemima Dennis-Antwi-Rector, Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives, Professor Roger Pickup – Professor at Lancaster University, Dr. Derek Gatherer –Lecturer at Lancaster University, and Dr. Luigi Sedda –Lecturer at Lancaster University.