CALL TO PAEDIATRIC PRACTITIONERS-IN- DIASPORA FOR MEMBERSHIP AND COLLABORATION
My dear Colleagues in the diaspora,
You may already have known or heard about the Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN). It is a professional non-political body of Paediatricians, Resident Doctors in paediatrics, Nurses, and allied professionals who provide the medical, psychological and advocacy needs of children in Nigeria.
As we all know, the health indices of our country have remained abysmally poor and embarrassing, especially with respect to children including neonates. This does not have to be so.
In its over 60 years of existence, PAN has grown from a size of less than ten dedicated persons to over 1,500 practitioners.
The Association has, through decades of persistent struggles especially by our past leaders, sought to improve child health with mixed results. We partner with the Federal Ministry of Health and other governmental agencies in providing inputs on policies; provide training to various levels of health care workers including those in the rural areas; encourage research in Nigeria and dissemination of research findings through PAN scientific publication, the Nigerian Journal of Paediatrics; and leading advocacy strategies and awareness programmes in specific areas of child health. These efforts, good as they look and may actually be, have produced insufficient positive results. The enormity of the problems requires much more to be done.
PAN calls on all Nigerian paediatricians-in-diaspora and any healthcare worker outside Nigeria with interest in the health of Nigerian children who wish to be part of our goals to join us as members of the Association or collaborate with, in any area of your interest.
We look forward to working with you.
Dr. Edward Alikor
Help reduce Neonatal Mortality Rate by assistance in training Health Care Workers (HCW) on Neonatal Resuscitation both in the hospital and in the rural areas;
Help in long term investment in health knowledge and skills of the population through using secondary school students.
Institutional and individual collaborations with PAN and her members on specific research projects;
Provision of opportunities to PAN Associate Members (including Resident Doctors) to gain clinical experience out of Nigeria;
Short term clinical fellowships
Building and equipping a Paediatric Medical Education Simulation Centre.