2nd Medical Obstetrics Conference

28 - 29 May 2019

Gallagher Convention Centre


Knowing what works in terms of reducing maternal mortality is complicated by a huge diversity of country contexts and of determinants of maternal health. At this conference we aim to show that despite this complexity, with a few strategic choices, it can be achieved – albeit slowly and very deliberately.

Carefully developed in partnership with the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department, University of the Witwatersrand, the Medical Obstetrics conference returns to Africa Health for the 2nd edition with exciting content. Delegates can expect to hear from senior level experts, local and international, who will provide strategies for addressing common (and less common but equally dangerous) maternal conditions, the issue of mortality in low-resource settings, medico-legal challenges in obstetrics and the trending #blackmamasmatter.

Over two days, delegates will be privy to extensive lectures conducted by a diverse and expert faculty which will provide answers to the most difficult questions in the issue of maternal mortality in Africa.

Theme: Strategies for reducing maternal mortality: getting on with what works

What’s new?

  • New Scientific Committee members
  • More expert speakers from Africa
  • Massive obstetric hemorrhage
  • Maternal sepsis and septic shock
  • Respiratory failure and airway management
  • Medical-legal challenges in obstetrics
  • Ethics
  • Trauma in obstetrics
  • Discuss practical skills and procedures necessary to save the mother and fetus in cases of obstetric trauma
  • Develop and encourage guidelines in the classification, diagnosis, and management of aPL-positive patients
  • Review the correct diagnosis of massive and submassive pulmonary embolism for timely treatment
  • Debate airway management of pregnant women at delivery, with a focus on management of the difficult airway
  • Critique ethical issues in pregnancy and their effect on maternal treatment in obstetrics
Conference Chair:
  • Dr Edward Buga, Specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist & Critical Care Fellow, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dr Lawrence Chauke, Chief Specialist & Clinical HOD, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa