Join us October 12, 19, and 26 for the newest IUGA webinar series! Following the success of the first webinar series organized by the IUGA Regional Advisory Board (RAB) in Africa which took place in June and July 2021, we are delighted to bring you these 3 webinars spanning a range of topics, relevant for our members in Africa, and also likely for those in other parts of the world.
Join us on October 19 as we focus on assessment and surgical skills and explain how these skills can translate into research and publications. As availability and accessibility of equipment and knowledge (and therefore treatment options) may differ, Jan Deprest from Belgium will present laparoscopic training in urogynecology and pelvic floor surgery, exploring what the minimal requirements are when pursuing this access mode. Pallavi Latthe will then explore opportunities for research and provide insight on how to write a manuscript for publication.
Abdul Sultan is a consultant obstetrician and urogynaecologist in Croydon University Hospital, Surrey, UK, and Honorary Reader at St George’s University of London. He qualified in Durban, South Africa and worked in a remote rural hospital in Lebowa before moving to the UK. In addition he has lectured and operated in India and worked in fistula camps in Uganda. He is renowned for his pioneering work in pelvic floor and anal sphincter trauma.
Board Certified in Urogynaecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Dr. Bob Achila is a full time faculty member in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the head of the gynaecology section.
Dr. Achila is an alumnus of the AKUH postgraduate medical training program. He is fellowship trained in France and Japan in advanced minimal access surgery, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. He is a member of International Urogynecology Association (IUGA) where he serves in the advisory board for Africa. He is also a member of the International Continence Society (ICS).
Dr. Achila has subspecialist certification by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) in Urogynecology. He is passionate about the development of urogynecology and minimal access surgery in Africa.
Jan Deprest is a leading international fetal surgeon who works two days a week at UCLH as a consultant and at UCL as a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology.
At UCL he works in the Institute for Women's Health and the Translational Imaging Group. His home institution is at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and its University Hospitals Leuven (Belgium). Professor Deprest is currently the academic chair of the Department of Development and Regeneration and director of the Centre for Surgical Technologies.
Clinically he is the director of the fetal surgery programme in Leuven. He trained in fetal medicine in Leuven (Belgium), St George’s Hospital London (UK), Leiden (Holland) and attended the programme at Children’s Hospital Philadelphia (PA, USA). He established the Eurofoetus consortium, which is dedicated to the development of instruments and techniques for minimally invasive fetal and placental surgery. The Leuven Fetal Medicine Team focuses on antenatal modulation of lung development, e.g. for pulmonary hypoplasia due to congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) as well as for bronchopulmonary dysplasia. He has headed several clinical studies dedicated to the prenatal prediction of survival of fetuses with isolated CDH using genetic testing, ultrasound and fetal MRI imaging. He developed a percutaneous method for fetoscopic placement of a balloon into the fetal trachea (FETO). In a European task force together with the University of Barcelona (Hospital Clinic) and London (King’s College Hospital) the team performed over 200 such procedures by 2009.
This group and other centres, including UCLH, are now conducting a world-wide randomised control clinical trial for left sided CDH. In Leuven a programme on fetal surgery to surgically close spina bifida was started in 2012. This programme will now also be extended to UCLH to set up the first open fetal surgery centre in the UK. His translational research also investigates the application of amniotic fluid derived stem cells for treating fetuses or neonates with CDH or other lung disorders, fetal membrane wound healing and brain development in fetuses exposed to steroids or anesthesia.
Pallavi Latthe is a Consultant at the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s (BWC) NHS Foundation Trust. She is the clinical lead for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology and is the only subspecialist in Urogynaecology at this hospital. She is the director of the urogyn subspecialist training programme at Birmingham. She is Associate Professor at the University of Birmingham. She was the chair of R & D committee of IUGA until November 2021. She has published many scientific papers and written two books. She has presented her research both at national and international conferences. She likes road cycling and fundraising for charities in her spare time.