Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of May 2023
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS)

Theme: “Realign, Refocus: Improving outcomes of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy through Shared Decision Making,
Research & Quality of care.”


Maternal deaths occur primarily in Low and middle-Income (LMICs) countries. While they are on the decline globally, the reductions are not fast enough to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.1 on maternal mortality. Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) are among the  top 3 causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Ghana, 15% of the maternal mortality is due to Hyperensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP), and thus this forms a substantial contribution to the Maternal  Mortality Rate (MMR) of 308/100,000.  While adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes can occur for any HDP and at any gestation, women with severe HDP that  occur remote from term (26-34 weeks gestation) are at highest risk. 

The Symposium and Audience

The APEC Ghana Scientific Symposium is an annual gathering of scientists, healthcare professionals and policy makers involved in the care of pregnant women. The goal of the symposium is to bring together experts in the field of HDP from Ghana, the sub-region and internationally to share ideas, new research and engage in a discourse  on the way forward in terms of the management of HDP to minimise adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes. Since its inception in 2019, the symposium (a whole day event) over the years has had over 200 attendees annually, and established itself as a conveying power for stakeholders interested in improving the health(care) of women with HDP. In May 2022, the symposium organised in partnership with the SPOT Study and the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) , had over 400 attendees (physically & virtually) and 12 speakers, in plenary sessions.


The structure of the scientific symposium has always been plenary with poster presentation during breaks except in 2021, the 3rd Annual Symposium (virtual),  which included parallel sessions after an initial plenary opening. The 2023 Symposium however, in commemoration of  World Preeclampsia Day and APEC@5, will be a two whole-day event, with plenary and parallel sessions both days . 


The objective(s) for this year’s symposium are to:

  1. Discuss ways in which Shared Decision Making and Research can help improve outcomes of women with Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy for high quality of care;
  2. Identify barriers and enablers for shared decision making between healthcare professionals, families, and the society in determining the outcomes of women with Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy;
  3. Discuss ways to improve the quality of care in the management of women
    with HDP.

The objective(s) for this year’s symposium poses the following questions for discussion:

  1. How can we realign/refocus patient-doctor decision making processes to improve outcomes of HDP?
  2. How can we realign/refocus maternal health research to improve outcomes of HDP?
  3. How can we realign/refocus clinical care to improve outcomes of HDP?

Accreditation & Cost

The Symposium will apply for accreditation with the Medical and Dental Council (MDC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) . Symposium Participants interested in receiving a CPD Certificate will be charged a fee for the certificate.

CPD Certificate Fees Schedule


Non- Ghanaians (International)

Doctors/ Researchers -Ghc 100.00

Doctors/ Researchers -$100.00

Nurses/Midwives – Ghc 70.00

Nurses/Midwives – $ 70.00

Students – Ghc 50.00

Students $ 50.00

All others – Ghc 70.00

All others – $70.00

Partnership & Collaboration

  • We invite all organisations, institutions and individuals with a passion for maternal and newborn health to partner and collaborate with us through sponsorship, technical support and in-kind donation. 
  • We are looking forward to working with you as one of our partners! We will forge impactful and sustainable partnerships with organisations whose values align with our own just as we do with the Ministry of Health through its agency Ghana health Service.
  • We are particularly keen to partner with Corporate organisations, International Agencies, Governmental and Non-Governmental organisations, foundations and public-private partnerships to deliver a rich scientific symposium  of learning and reflection for our delegates/participants.
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