The meeting, which was held in Addis Ababa from 26th to 28th June, began with the delegation observing a moment of silence in memory of the late Annals of African Surgery Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Hassan Saidi.
The AJPP is program funded by the NLM, Fogarty and Elsevier Foundation. It aims to improve health research dissemination in Africa. There are 10 African Journals mentored by 5 western Journals (BMJ, LANCET, NEJM, JAMA and Annals of Internal Medicine).
Annals fo African surgery was co-opted into the program in 2016.It is partnered with the Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences and the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Every year, AJPP editors meet in an annual Review and planning meeting ( predictably to review progress made since the previous meeting and lay grounds for the next year).
This years meeting took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, organised by the editorial team of Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences.
AAS editorial team members: Drs James Kigera (EIC) and Stanley Aruyaru (Associate Editor) represented Annals of African Surgery at the Meeting.
During the AAS report, EIC Dr James Kigera observed that the manuscript submission has increased by 80% between 2016-2017. Other milestones included the ongoing vigorous authors training workshops. The challenges identified included formulation of a business plan to help the journal self-sustain. Succession planning does not appear to be challenging as majority of the editorial team members are youthful.