The President’s Remark

Dear Members and Friends,

On behalf of the African Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ASPAE), it is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all those dedicated to the advancement of paediatric and adolescent endocrinology in Africa and beyond.

In 2010, our dear Society ASPAE was born and inaugurated in Nairobi, Kenya, and this also coincided with the graduation of the second set of fellows from the Paediatric Endocrinology Training Centre for Africa (PETCA) Nairobi Kenya. We are happy that the dream and passion of our revered Ze’ev Hochberg (Haifa, Israel) of blessed memory, a dedicated European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) member who along with his colleagues, kicked off and ensured the massive building of capacity in Paediatric Endocrinology in Africa, is being fulfilled. Hence, ASPAE recently concluded a well-organised and successful 15th Annual Conference in Algiers, Algeria, where I was elected President. We also salute the labour, dedication, and courage of previous executives who have helped our society to grow.

As an organization committed to excellence in research, education, and clinical care in the field of paediatric and adolescent endocrinology, we strive to foster collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and innovation among our members. Through our collective efforts, we aim to improve the health and well-being of children across the African continent who are affected by endocrine disorders. We have 3 thriving Paediatric Endocrinology Training Centres of excellence: Paediatric Endocrinology Training Centre for Africa (PETCA), Paediatric Endocrinology Training Centre for West Africa (PETCWA) in Lagos, Nigeria, and the Programme d’enseignement en Endocrinologie et diabétologie pédiatrique pour l’Afrique Francophone (PEDAF) Yaounde and Dakar.

Whether you are a seasoned professional, a trainee, or simply interested in learning more about paediatric and adolescent endocrinology, we invite you to explore the resources and opportunities offered by our society. From conferences and workshops to research grants and educational materials, we are here to support you in your journey to make a positive impact on the lives of children and adolescents with endocrine conditions. We also appreciate our collaborating societies like ESPE, the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), Global Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (GPED), and others who have provided and still provide mentorship and support to ASPAE. We look forward to more successful collaborations.

On behalf of the other members of the executive committee, Dr. Adele Chetcha Bodieu (Vice President), Dr. Ibironke Akinola (Secretary General), Dr. Phoebe Wamalwa (Treasurer), Dr. Abok Ishaya Ibrahim (Editor-in-Chief), Dr. Fomenky Njiandock (Public Relations Officer), and our immediate past president, Prof. Suzanne Sap ( ex-officio), we encourage you to actively engage with our society, contribute your expertise, and join us in our mission to advance paediatric endocrinology in Africa. We also invite you to submit your articles to our young but thriving journal, the African Journal of Paediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism (AJPEM). Together, we can make a difference and ensure a brighter future for the next generation.

I thank you for your commitment to our shared cause, and I look forward to collaborating with you in the days ahead.

Warm regards

Dr.  Elizbeth. E. Oyenusi

President, ASPAE