West African College of Nursing 15th Biennial General Meeting, 24th Scientific Session and 38th Council Meeting, March, 2019 – Freetown, Sierra Leone

The West African College of Nursing (WACN) will hold its 15th Biennial General Meeting, 24th Scientific Session and 38th Council meeting in March 2019 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The international programme will offer nurses, midwives, other healthcare professionals and the general public an opportunity to come together to discuss community and health workforce responses to current health issues.

The WACN cordially invites submission of abstracts that explore the theme and sub-themes for the programme in the area of nursing and midwifery research, education and practice; community health, and other relevant health domains to be considered for presentation at the 2019 scientific session. Papers may be presented in the symposium, oral/podium, or poster sessions.

The Sierra Leone Chapter of the West African College of Nursing will be hosting the 15th Biennial General Meeting and 24th Scientific sessions in March 2019 with the theme as “Health service Partnership’’: The Role of Nurse and Midwife in Building Global Health Security”.

THEME FOR WACN BGM 2019: “Health service Partnership: The Role of Nurses and Midwives in Building Global Health Security.”


1. Overview of Health Service Partnership

2. Inter-professional Global Health Competencies

3. Interconnectedness of health professions (e.g. medicine, public health, nursing)

4. Interconnectedness of global health systems, including structural inequities

5. Trends in Global Health Security

6. Cross-cultural communication

7. National Policies on Nursing/Midwifery in Global Health Security

8. Strategies for reduction/eradication of epidemic /pandemic through Health Service Partnership

9. Capacity building of Nurses/Midwives in Epidemic /pandemic preparedness, response and resilience to minimize vulnerability of the population.

10. Investing in Midwives Programmes: The Sierra Leone Situation

Submission Details

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 2PM on 7th December Friday, 2019.

No extension will be granted. Late submissions will not be considered.

All abstracts, font Arial 12, not exceeding 300 words, should be submitted as attachment in word document and sent to the following.

WACN’s online abstract submission site:

Dr. Joan H. Shepherd joanheev@yahoo.com

Executive Secretary, WACN: www.wacnonline.com E-mail:westafricancollegeofnursing@gmail.com

The author’s name, qualifications, email and address should be written in Arial 10.

All authors with accepted abstracts MUST register for the programme before 30th January, 2019.

For abstracts with multiple authors, the presenting author’s name should be highlighted.

Multiple author abstracts will only be accepted if at least one of the authors is registered and present at the conference.

Abstract Selection and Notification

The Programme Committee will meet mid-December 2019 to peer review and select abstracts that meet the requirements. Selected abstracts shall be confirmed by email. For each accepted symposium, oral/podium, and poster abstract, the Programme Committee will assign the time and date of presentation on the conference schedule. The Committee reserves the right to accept abstracts as symposium, oral/podium or poster presentations. The presentation schedule will be available to presenters via email by January 15th, 2019.

Only the presenting authors will be communicated.

Conference Registration


Any substituting author, other than the primary author must register for the conference and pay the applicable fee.

The 15th BGM, 24rd Scientific Session and 39th Council meeting registration form will be available on WACN’s website (www.wacn-online.com) by November 12th, 2018. All other information regarding the programme, including the schedule will be available on the website in due course.


Oral/Podium: Each abstract for oral/podium session is allotted 10 minutes for presentation, with 5 minutes for audience questions. Oral/podium presenters are expected to attend the entire session in which their paper is featured.

Poster: Each poster presenter will be allotted a space and time for display, which is either for an entire morning or an entire afternoon. Presenters are expected to be at their poster stand all through the designated time of poster viewing to take questions and comments. Poster display boards measure 4′ high (1,220mm) x 8′ (2,440mm) wide.

The Programme

All relevant information for paper presentations including specific time for each presentation, session moderators, and meeting rooms/halls will be in the programme. Abstracts may list multiple study authors. The onsite printed programme will list a maximum of two authors with an asterisk to indicate that additional authors will be listed with the abstract in the abstract book.

Book of abstracts

All accepted abstracts for presentation at the 15th BGM, 23rd Scientific Session and 39th Council meeting will be included in the Book of abstracts that will be available at the BGM venue. The book of abstracts will also contain the papers of the invited plenary session speakers and the Keynote address. Continuing education contact hours will be awarded for the keynote and plenaries. Full text of presentations will be uploaded to the WACN website after the BGM.

Authors, on receipt notification of abstract acceptance will be expected to commit to the invitation to present and communicate such in writing to the programme committee. It is important that Presenters should take their commitment to present very seriously, and be physically present at the BGM except in cases of true emergency. Only authors who have submitted their commitment statement and are registered for the programme will be included in the book of abstracts and the presentation schedule. Penalty for late presenter registration, and withdrawal from the programme after committing to present is $50(fifty US dollars).


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPENS 2PM on 7th December Friday, 2018. Click here to access the 2018 online abstract submission forms.


Exhibitors are also invited and should contact the Executive Secretary by email on westafricancollegeofnursing@gmail.com and Chairman WACN Sierra Leone for discussion and registration.

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