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Minutes Board Meeting - 2014.28.11

Minutes of the First Board Meeting for the Acute Pain Management project (APM) for the Developing Countries

28th of November 2014


Location: Westin Hotel Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA


Richard L. Rauck, WIP President (USA)

Magdi Iskander, WIP Section Chair (EGYPT)

Amany E. Ayad, WIP Secretary of the Middle East Section (EGYPT)

Ammar Salti (ABUDHABI/ UAE)

Patrick Narchi (LEBANON )

Milton Raff (Past President of the South African Anaesthetic Society) apologized due to other commitments but involved


1.    There was a fast revision for the APM project mission (vision and its expected value for the developing countries). 



2.   We discussed the need to initiate a communication network for advising pain management solutions by suggesting a pharmacological management vs interventions.


We will have key persons covering sectors of Africa and the Middle East.  Sector (countries or regions) satellites will be dedicated. Basically:

     North Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda…, Algeria),

     South Subsaharan Africa,

     West Africa

     Asian Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen….and Gulf)

WE agreed that Iskander and Ayad will be in charge for the North Africa sector, Milton Raff for the Subsaharan sector (based on his previous agreement), Salti for the Asian Middle East sector and Narchi for the West French speaking African countries. Key persons in every sector should start collecting the communication electronic emails network for building our contacts information data base. The timely needed frame will be on the average 4 months.


      Collecting the needed materials to be on site including:

-      Available applicable materials e.g. Middle East guidelines for pharmacological management for acute pain service……

-      Available relevant useful network links.

3.   Website management and funding was thoroughly discussed and Dr Rauck confirmed the interest of the WIP to fund and participate in this work based on good potential for tangible success despite the heavy work required for its initiation.

We agreed on having this site as an extension from the WIP site and it would be controlled by Dianne and fed by this committee.

4.   Dr. Rauck suggested that the early part of the network activity (with the registration information) to include a survey in 10 questions in which we ask the participants if they have an acute pain service, who runs it, number of hospitals in their region, number of surgeries they run…etc to help us make a fast study on the current status in this area. We agreed that there are huge disparities between the hospitals in the developing countries and lack of epidemiological studies and such a survey can help us study the current status and focus on the most needed activities in the targeted regions.

5.   We agreed that there should be a credit to join e.g. attending a Middle East congress, a WIP course, workshop regional training …etc. to motivate people to join.

WIP will support by providing free registration to regional meetings or annual international conferences for the active APM personnel.

6.   Assessment of progress will be electronically monitored by calculating our activities, registrations, number of interactive e-mails…etc.


      7.   We hoped that by the coming WIP world congress (New York 2016) we would have something to represent
           as an outcome for this project.  


8.   On Richard Rauck request Narinder Rawal (Sweden) - being a key international leader in acute pain - will be asked to join and help the progress of such a project. He was approached after the meeting and accepted our invitation to join the team.