April 30, 2024
14:00-15:00 GMT/UTC

Evolution of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Ethiopia

Meheret Befekadu Demmissie, MD
Plastic, Reconstructive and General Surgeon, ALERT Comprehensive Specialized Hospital & President, Ethiopian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

During this event, Dr. Demmissie will showcase the history and growth of plastic and reconstructive surgery in Ethiopia, and describe the evolution of involvement of females as surgeons and as leaders with the associated challenges and triumphs.

May 7, 2024
14:00-15:00 GMT/UTC

The Use of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) to Make Bone Tissue Engineering for Cleft Patients: A Multicenter Study

Daniela Franco Bueno, DDS, MSc, PhD
Professor and Scientist Researcher at Albert Einstein Jewish Institute for Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, São Paulo, Brazil

To reduce morbidity and pain to cleft lip and palate patients, new approaches have been developed to promote the alveolar cleft bone filling using a bone tissue engineering kit (composed of autogenous deciduous dental pulp mesenchymal stem cells associated with a biomaterial). In our research in a Brazilian multicenter study, we compared the bone formation results obtained after the secondary alveolar graft using the Bone tissue Engineering Kit with the use of iliac crest bone (Clinicaltrials.gov: NCT01932164). Our results showed that the use of bone tissue engineering kit was as effective as the use of iliac crest to promote the alveolar cleft closure. However, in the group of Cleft lip and palate patients that we used the bone tissue engineering kit we observed lower: morbidity, pain, time of surgeries and time of hospitalization with statistically significant difference between the groups and this can generate great social gain for patients and families, which cannot be priced. This research won the prize of top scoring SCA Region Abstract during the International Society of Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT) congress, San Francisco, California in 2022.

May 29, 2024
14:00-15:00 GMT/UTC

Anticipatory Guidance for Pediatric Dental Patients

Erica Caffrey, DDS
Pediatric Dentist & Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Maryland

During this live webinar, Dr. Erica Caffrey will present key components of pediatric dental anticipatory guidance for children ages 0-7 years. She will also provide an overview of dental development, the etiology and epidemiology of childhood caries, and strategies to promote optimal oral health for all children.

June 25, 2024
14:00-15:00 GMT/UTC

Nursing Leadership and Visibility

Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi
Spinal Bifida Hydrocephalus Foundation

The leadership mandate of nurses as proposed in Global Strategic Direction for Nursing and Midwifery (2021-2025) revealed how essential nursing leadership, opportunity, and position are required in achieving Universal Health Coverage.  Nursing leadership and the visibility of their contributions at this time when the world is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic is crucial. Nursing is the foundation of a strong health workforce and a pillar of an efficient and effective health system, hence the leadership, visibility, and education of nurses and midwives is paramount. Leadership ability and positions remain major challenges in many healthcare settings, especially those in LMICs. These challenges harm the quality of health services, competency, accountability, and the health outcome of the populace. To respond to these challenges, an intentional mechanism is required to appoint nurse leaders to executive positions and support them to be head that drives their programs in all healthcare organizations, Ministries, departments, and Agencies (MDAs). Accelerating the proportion and authority of midwives and nurses into senior health and academic positions and continually developing the next generation of nursing and midwifery leaders are key to achieving SDGs in 2030. An increase in regular nursing investment, capacity development, leadership position opportunities, involvement in the policy process, research, and advocacy are strategies to optimize nurses' potential, leadership, and visibility in the spirit of leaving no one behind.