34 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS SEPTEMBER 2015 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events International Gastroenterology Congress Report Wilson Miriti Kiraitu, MD Chairman Scientific Congress Gastroenterology Society of Kenya Nairobi, Kenya On behalf of the Gastroenterol-ogy Society of Kenya (GSK), I am pleased to report to WGO that we held a hugely successful International Gastroenterology Congress in Kenya. It was a first in many ways: first of its kind in Kenya, Eastern Africa, and indeed sub-Saharan Africa. The theme of the Congress was Improving Care Standards in Gas-troenterology in the Eastern Africa Region. Over one hundred delegates, drawn from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethio-pia, Uganda, Malawi, and Somali, attended the three day Congress. The Congress brought together top scholars, practicing gastroenterologists, and surgeons to discuss the current management of common, but difficult gastroenterological diseases. Among the international speakers were Profes-sor Mark Topazian, Co-Chair of the WGO Endoscopy Interest Group, and Dr. Prasad Iyer from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Dr. Iyer discussed in detail the current treat-ment of esophageal cancer, including EMR and stenting. Esophageal cancer is the commonest cancer of males in Kenya. Professor Topazian gave state-of- the-art presentations on pancreatic cancers and obstructive jaundice. Professor Thomas Carr, also from the USA, presented an overview of diag-nostic and therapeutic endoscopy. The delegates were delighted with the two day live endoscopy demon-stration by leading experts. Basic to advanced therapeutic endoscopy were covered. Delegates were taken through variceal ligation, histoacyl injection, stricture dilation, biliary sphincter-otomy, and plastic and metal stents placements. EUS was demonstrated to senior level delegates. Evening satellite symposia saw lively debates on the current treat-ment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease (PUD), and dyspepsia. The last day was dedicated to the liver symposia. The management of liver disease was comprehensively discussed in a multi-displinary forum. We sincerely thank the WGO, WEO, Kenyatta National Hospi-tal, University of Nairobi, and our industry partners for their support in enabling this congress to take place. Prof. Thomas Carr of USA prepares to demon-strate therapeutic endoscopy, stent insertion. Faculty and delegates discuss a case. Prof. Mark Topazian of Mayo Clinic, USA, prepares to demonstrate ERCP/EUS. Dr. Lee from Korea and Dr. Haytham from Egypt demonstrate histoacryl variceal injec-tion.
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