Launch Sponsored by Save the Children: Special thanks to Dr Joy Lawn Thanks also to SAPA for giving us the space. Usana Welcome to the birth of The United South African Neonatal Association Background • Abbott Round Table Conferences 2003 - 2007 declared insufficient support for newborn care in South Africa. • Identified a need to present the issues to the higher authorities and to create a a common forum to share knowledge, give guidance in neonatal care and to create national guidelines for neonatal management. Background • Since the meeting in 2005, there had been some sporadic meetings and attempts at producing a constitution. • Second official call for a National Neonatal Association at the Abbott Round Table Conference, 2007. • At that conference an executive was appointed to take the formation of the neonatal association further, and the name, “USANA”, was agreed. Excecutive Executive internally decided on positions (proposer, and 2 in agreement) Dr Alan Horn: President Prof Johan Smith : Vice President Dr Sthe Velaphi : Secretary Prof Clarissa Pieper: Treasurer Regional representation was requested from all the academic hospitals and from the PMG. First Tasks To complete the extended executive representation and to obtain the blessing of the heads of all the academic neonatal departments. To write a constitution according to standards required for registration as a Non Profit Organisation. To obtain approval from all exec members of that constitution. To present the constitution to founding members t a special meeting for approval to facilitate the official formation of the association. Extended Executive Additional Regional representation was requested from all the academic hospitals not yet represented by the office- bearers and from the PMG. UKZN: (KZN) Prof Miriam Adhikari / Prof Graham DuCasse MEDUNSA: (Limpopo) Dr Dini Mawela UOFS: (OFS) Prof Beyers Hoek U Pretoria: Gauteng/Pretoria) Dr Hlwelekaze Bomela Walter Sisulu University: (E Cape) Dr Mike Nazo Paediatric Management Group: (National) Dr Allen Puterman The constitution has made allowance for more regional reps and the Eastern Cape is under-represented. EastLondon Complex and PE should have representation as well. Objectives - in the constitution Promote and facilitate collaboration between neonatal services. Promote the use of protocols and guidelines that are evidence-based in the care of neonates. Establish communication between neonatal care givers in South Africa. To uphold the constitutional right of neonates by advocating and promoting the delivery of effective and safe perinatal and neonatal services to newborn infants according the African Charter on the rights and Welfare of the Child (1999) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). To broaden the knowledge base of all caregivers of neonates by means of standardised evidence based protocols and educational meetings and conferences. Secondary Objectives Promote research, postgraduate study, undergraduate teaching in the field of neonatal medicine Promote the development of neonatal care in health care institutions in South Africa. Promote the professional and legitimate interests of our members. Forge international links with neonatal associations and societies. To have a representation at National Government level for issues pertaining neonatal services in South Africa. Membership Full Members: Registered paediatricians and other medical doctors registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) who provide adequate motivation based on their special interest or involvement in neonatal medicine. Honorary Members: The Executive Committee may elect prominent scientists, qualified medical practitioners and other persons residing within or outside South Africa. Affiliate Members: Organisations, Groups or Individuals who do not necessarily qualify for another category of membership may apply for Affiliate Membership. Affiliate membership may be appropriate for other applicants involved with the health and well-being of South African newborns. NOTE: Close collaboration with neonatal nursing groups will be sought and specific collaborative working groups can be set up. NOW WE NEED LIGHTS, CAMERA…. And ACTION!! NEXT STEPS TODAY » Founding members. » Accept Constitution. » Confirm regional representation. » Accept our first International invitation to join the first UENPS Global Congress in Rome this year. Further Steps » Ideas and direction from members!!! » Bank Account. » Logo. » Sponsorship for operational costs. » Website with eccommerce facility and communication board + funding. » Set annual conference dates and establish sponsorship support. » Establish priorities working groups, projects, and collaborations/representations. Let’s Begin !