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West African College of Nursing 15th Biennial Conference Call for Abstracts
Date Posted: 21/Jan/2019
The West African College of Nursing (WACN) will hold its 15th Biennial General Meeting, 24th Scientific Session and 38th Council meeting in March 2019 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The international programme will offer nurses, midwives, other healthcare professionals and the general public an opportunity to come together to discuss community and health workforce responses to current health issues.
The WACN cordially invites submission of abstracts that explore the theme and sub-themes for the programme in the area of nursing and midwifery research, education and practice; community health, and other relevant health domains to be considered for presentation at the 2019 scientific session. Papers may be presented in the symposium, oral/podium, or poster sessions.
The Sierra Leone Chapter of the West African College of Nursing will be hosting the 15th Biennial General Meeting and 24th Scientific sessions in March 2019 with the theme as “Health service Partnership’’: The Role of Nurse and Midwife in Building Global Health Security”.
THEME FOR WACN BGM 2019: “Health service Partnership: The Role of Nurses and Midwives in Building Global Health Security.”
1. Overview of Health Service Partnership
2. Inter-professional Global Health Competencies
3. Interconnectedness of health professions (e.g. medicine, public health, nursing)
4. Interconnectedness of global health systems, including structural inequities
5. Trends in Global Health Security
6. Cross-cultural communication
7. National Policies on Nursing/Midwifery in Global Health Security
8. Strategies for reduction/eradication of epidemic /pandemic through Health Service Partnership
9. Capacity building of Nurses/Midwives in Epidemic /pandemic preparedness, response and resilience to minimize vulnerability of the population.
10. Investing in Midwives Programmes: The Sierra Leone Situation
Submission Details
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 2PM on 7th December Friday, 2019.
No extension will be granted. Late submissions will not be considered.
All abstracts, font Arial 12, not exceeding 300 words, should be submitted as attachment in word document and sent to the following.
WACN’s online abstract submission site:
Dr. Joan H. Shepherd
Executive Secretary, WACN:
The author’s name, qualifications, email and address should be written in Arial 10.
All authors with accepted abstracts MUST register for the programme before 30th January, 2019.
For abstracts with multiple authors, the presenting author’s name should be highlighted.
Multiple author abstracts will only be accepted if at least one of the authors is registered and present at the conference.
Abstract Selection and Notification
The Programme Committee will meet mid-December 2019 to peer review and select abstracts that meet the requirements. Selected abstracts shall be confirmed by email. For each accepted symposium, oral/podium, and poster abstract, the Programme Committee will assign the time and date of presentation on the conference schedule. The Committee reserves the right to accept abstracts as symposium, oral/podium or poster presentations. The presentation schedule will be available to presenters via email by January 15th, 2019.
Only the presenting authors will be communicated.
Conference Registration
Any substituting author, other than the primary author must register for the conference and pay the applicable fee.
The 15th BGM, 24rd Scientific Session and 39th Council meeting registration form will be available on WACN’s website ( by November 12th, 2018. All other information regarding the programme, including the schedule will be available on the website in due course.
Oral/Podium: Each abstract for oral/podium session is allotted 10 minutes for presentation, with 5 minutes for audience questions. Oral/podium presenters are expected to attend the entire session in which their paper is featured.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPENS 2PM on 7th December Friday, 2018. Click here to access the 2018 online abstract submission forms.
Exhibitors are also invited and should contact the Executive Secretary by email on  and Chairman WACN Sierra Leone for discussion and registration.
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