Who We AreThe West African College of Surgeons UK (WACS UK) Forum is the UK chapter of the West African College of Surgeons, WACS. Historically, West African Healthcare workers in the diaspora, in particular Fellows of WACS, affiliated Nurses and their friends have undertaken or expressed the desire to undertake charitable medical activities in a West African Country through privately organized activities in a medical school or hospital at the invitation of host institutions.
In 2007 Mr. Dennis Robson, Director of African Affairs at Johnson & Johnson and Honorary Fellow of WACS suggested that Fellows of the College and the wider West African medical community in the UK should formally come together for the common purpose of supporting surgical education, training and services in West Africa. The subsequent consultations culminated in the formation and inauguration of the WACS UK Forum in a meeting held at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London on 07 October 2008.
The inuagural Meeting
The meeting was convened and organised by the pioneer Coordinator/Leader of the Forum, Mr. Olujimi Akinosi Coker under the auspices of the Tropical Health Education Trust, THET with the support of its Honorary Surgical Advisor, the Secretary-General of the International Federation of Surgical Colleges and Honorary Fellow of the WACS, Mr. Robert HS Lane. Prof O.O. Mbonu, President of WACS supported by the Secretary-General, Prof Clement Nwawolo chaired the ceremony. The next Outreach will be held in the Banjul, the Gambia from 18th February to 24th February 2018 and the annual meeting will be held from the 26th February to the 4th of March 2018.