THE 2024 IHPBA CONGRESS
WAS HELD AT THE
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE
CAPE TOWN - SOUTH AFRICA
FROM
15 - 18 MAY 2024

www.ihpba2024.org


MESSAGE FROM PROF EDUARD JONAS

IHPBA 2024 Congress Chair

Dear colleagues,

The response to the meeting has been overwhelming with more than 1900 participants from 98 countries having registered to date.

The Scientific Program Committee under the leadership of Prof Christian Toso has organized a superb program, and with a record 1800 accepted abstracts this promises to be an academic meeting of the highest quality covering a wide diversity of topics.

We are particularly honoured to host the first IHPBA Legacy Initiative that will be an integral part of future IHPBA world congresses. The Legacy topic for the Cape Town meeting is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). All aspects of HCC management, from prevention, screening and surveillance, and treatment through to palliative care will be addressed in dedicated sessions in the official IHPBA program, and parallel sessions hosted by the African Viral Hepatitis Convention and the African Palliative Care Association partnered by 20 other international associations and societies.

Cape Town is renowned for its hospitality and natural beauty. In this wonderful setting we hope that your participation in this diverse international meeting will not only strengthen old friendships and lead to meeting new colleagues, but also foster international relationships and good will. This will further the vision of IHPBA and strengthen the position of the World Congress as the premiere international HPB meeting.

Enjoy the meeting!

Prof Eduard Jonas
IHPBA 2024 Congress Chairman


MESSAGE FROM H.E. AMB. MINATA SAMATE CESSOUMA

      Commissioner for Health  African Union ‚ÄéCommission

Esteemed Colleagues and Partners,

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I extend my warmest greetings to all participants, attendees, and supporters of the African Viral Hepatitis Convention scheduled to convene in Cape Town in May 2024.

This meeting hosted by GHASSA, The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Association of SSA, will be held in conjunction with the International Hepato-Pancreatico - Biliary Association meeting, and will address the critical issue of deficiencies in viral hepatitis elimination and liver cancer treatment programs in Africa.  

As an ambassador committed to the well-being and advancement of our continent, I am profoundly heartened by the initiative taken. This convention stands as a beacon of collaboration, fostering a platform where experts, policymakers, healthcare professionals, and advocates gather to share knowledge, innovative strategies, and experiences in combating this pressing health challenge.

The African Union remains resolute in its dedication to promoting health equity and accessibility across our diverse nations. Viral hepatitis and liver cancer, with its significant impact on public health, demands concerted efforts and collective action. This gathering presents an invaluable opportunity to not only raise awareness but to forge partnerships, strengthen health systems, and devise comprehensive solutions and support for those affected.

I encourage each participant to actively engage, exchange insights, and contribute to the formulation of actionable plans that will drive progress in the fight against viral hepatitis on our continent. Your dedication and expertise are crucial in shaping a healthier and more prosperous Africa for generations to come.

May this convention provide a platform for transformative change, fostering unity and solidarity in our common pursuit of eradicating viral hepatitis and liver cancer in Africa and ensuring the well-being of every African citizen.

With my utmost support and best wishes.

Warm regards,

H.E. Amb. Minata Samate Cessouma

Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development.

 African Union ‚ÄéCommission

   

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