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ICO-SAFO Leadership Development Program in Dakar

Posted on January 10, 2018
Topic: Course, Leadership
Region: Africa

The Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Francophone Africa presented an intensive one-day meeting on 3 December 2017, in Dakar, Senegal. Developed with the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), with support from the ICO, the LDP program focused on meeting the needs of future leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was held in conjunction with the 2017 SAFO Congress hosted by the Senegalese Ophthalmology Society and its President, Prof. Madoune Ndiaye.

For a second year, 22 participants represented Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mali, Niger, and Togo. Host faculty included LDP Course Director, Prof. Patrice Komi Balo, and SAFO President, Prof. Adama Fanny. Returning faculty also included Drs. Neeru Gupta, ICO Vice-President, Michael Brennan, with the ICO Society and Leadership Development Committee and the AAO, and Annick Mwilambwe, from the Canadian Ophthalmology Society.

Adapted from the AAO model, the leadership course covered a broad spectrum of subjects, including advocacy, engagement, society strengthening, navigating challenges, and networking to achieve a common purpose.

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