Leading healthcare specialists have praised the organisers of the recent Wales for Africa Health Links conference for their choice of venue and for helping to ensure the event ran as smoothly as possible.
With recent estimates showing that the Africa currently has a shortage
of some four million healthcare professionals, the NHS Links project
within Wales has been working to establish improved professional
relations between the UK and a number of countries across the continent.
As such, this annual event brought together dozens of leading experts,
with the Dylan Thomas Centre in the coastal city of Swansea chosen for
this year's conference, much to the delight of delegates.
Speaking at the opening of the event, organiser Steve Allen, reader in
paediatrics at the School of Medicine, Swansea University, stated: "We
are delighted to host this year's Wales for Africa Health Links
conference in Swansea.
"The ABM University NHS Trust is working with a number of partners in
Africa and we are looking forward greatly to sharing our experiences and learning from others who are also involved in Wales-Africa links. The fact that the conference is over-subscribed shows that people throughout Wales want to get involved with improving health in Africa."
The event goes to highlight the flexibility of Welsh conference venues, with the Dylan Thomas Center more used to hosting arts and literature conferences than cutting-edge medical events.