Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Societies Report

Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Societies Report

Mahmood Qureshi, CAANS President

CAANS has progressively been raising its global profile through activities, primarily in the educational domain. As the COVID pandemic took hold across the globe, societies across Africa became increasingly active in promoting education for its young neurosurgeons and residents in training

The following groups were especially active in engaging with colleagues across the world in joint educational webinars:

  1. The Egyptian Society of Neurological Surgeons (ESNS). Collaborating under the banner of CAANS, the President of the Egyptian Society, Treasurer of the WFNS and the Honorary Secretary of CAANS, Prof Nasser El Ghandour, developed an exceptionally well-attended series of Webinars. To date 60 high quality Webinars have been held over the Zoom platform, as well as the widely viewed Neurosurgical TV, developed by Dr John Bennet. These platforms along with YouTube has offered education to thousands of YNS and trainees over the past two years. The topics have covered all areas of neurosurgery, and speakers from all five continental associations have graciously offered their time to be regularly involved in these excellent webinars.
  2. The Moroccan Society of Neurosurgeons, through its Director of the Webinar series, Prof Najia El Abbadi, collaborating with the Pan Arab Neurosurgical Society, the Maghrabaine Society of Neurosurgeons, the French Speaking Society of Neurosurgeons, and the Mediterranean Society of Neurosurgery collaborated to provide a wide ranging series of Webinars for both Anglophone and Francophone YNS and residents.
  3. The Algerian Society of Neurosurgery was equally involved in developing a series of highly successful Webinars. It, however, suffered a huge loss upon the untimely demise of one of its highly active members, the late Prof Souad Bakhti, (May her soul rest in Eternal Peace).
  4. The Sudanese Neurosurgical Society was equally active in providing Webinars for its region.
  5. The Young African Neurosurgeons Forum, the YNS Committee of CAANS, through its active Chair, and Chair of the WFNS Young Neurosurgeons Committee, Dr Ignatius Ersene, collaborating with the Young Neurosurgeons Forum of the WFNS was equally engaged regularly in providing educational Webinars aimed primarily at residents.
  6. The African Women in Neurosurgery (WIN) chapter of CAANS, through its Chair, Dr Claire Karakezi, was equally engaged in multiple series of Webinars, encouraging participation of a new generation of Women in Neurosurgery in presenting to a global audience. The WFNS President-Elect, Prof Najia El Abbadi, was closely involved in ensuring the great success of this series of Webinars.
  7. CAANS collaborated with the Pakistan Neurosurgery Society, through Prof Salman Sharif, and the ACNS, through Prof Yoko Kato, in a large series of well-attended Webinars.
  8. The Paediatric Neurosurgery Webinar series, conducted by a dynamic CAANS duo of Prof Llewellen Padayachy (South Africa) and Mohamed El Beltagy (Egypt), was an excellent addition to the series of Webinars being conducted by CAANS member societies.
  9. In September 2021, the Rabat Training Centre and the Moroccan Society held a highly successful WFNS Masterclass, a significant educational event in the CAANS Webinar calendar.
  10. In June 2021, Prof Omar Hammad of the Egyptian Society held the first Cadaveric Course of the COVID pandemic period anywhere globally. This was a very reassuring step towards normalization of training for our future generation of neurosurgeons.

In summary, the enthusiasm shown by all member Societies of CAANS has been uplifting and heartwarming, and our YNS and residents have benefitted from this endeavor.


The 4th CAANS congress was initially planned for August 2020, in Nairobi, Kenya. The Pandemic resulted in cancellation and postponement of this biannual Continental Congress. I am pleased to report that the Congress Organising Committee has finally decided on a new date. The CAANS Congress is scheduled for the 9th to 11th November 2022, at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Pre-Congress courses for YNS are planned for the 7th and 8th November. Details on registration, accommodation and the social program (including Safari adventures in our world renowned game parks) will be shared in the coming weeks.
Please find the CAANS Congress announcement later in this Newsletter.

August 2022