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PAPSA) is committed to:

1. Promote the practice, education, and the advancement of pediatric
surgery in all Africa.

2. Promote and maintain high clinical and ethical research standards.

3. Foster the development of pediatric surgery in unprivileged areas
in Africa.

4. Evaluate and to do goal direction research.

5. Establish a forum for communications between paediatric surgeons in
Africa and other parts of the world through scientific meetings,
workshops, websites, and scholarships.



I           NAME

1.         The Association will be called the Pan-African Paediatric
Surgical Association (PAPSA).


2.         The objectives of the Association are to serve the children
of Africa.

(a)        To promote the practice, education, research and the
advancement  of PaediatricSurgery in all of Africa

(b)        To promote and maintain the highest clinical and ethical
standards including in Research.

(c)        To encourage and arrange regular meetings for the
interchange of  ideas and sharing of knowledge and

 (d)        To foster professional relations with Paediatric Surgeons
throughout the world.


3.         Ordinary Members

Any person who is registered as a medical practitioner with the
Registering Body of their Country of Practice is eligible for
membership, provided that:

(a)        Their professional practice is confined to the practice of
Paediatric Surgery, or largely engaged in Paediatric Surgical practice
(at least 50%)

(b)        The nature of their practice is such as to give them
special interest in the subject of Paediatric Surgery.

4.         Overseas Members: Surgeons engaged in Paediatric Surgery
outside Africa.

5.         Honorary Members: Surgeons or others who have made
outstanding contributions to PAPSA.

6.         Senior Members: Former ordinary or overseas members elected
on their retirement from active practice.

7.         Associate Members:

            (a)        Consultants in related specialities other than

(b)        Registrars or equivalent trainees in paediatric surgery,
general surgery or other surgical specialities.

(c)        Other healthcare providers in related specialities

8.         Candidates for membership shall be elected by majority vote
of the Executive Committee of the Association.


9.         The general direction and content of the policy and affairs
of the Association shall be vested in the Executive Committee of the

10.        The Executive Committee shall hold office for 4 years and
shall consist of a President, a President-elect, an Executive
Secretary/Treasurer, an Education Secretary, up to ten (10) members and
the immediate Past-President.  Selection of office bearers should be
representative of the membership of the Association.

11.        The President will be elected at the General Meeting and
will hold office for 2 years with extension for another period for
another 2 years.  The Presidency should rotate from region to region

12.        The method of election of members of the Executive
Committee will be by popular vote at the General Meeting of the
Association.  Half the non-office bearers are to retire after 2 years,
but may be eligible for re-election.

13.        The Executive Committee will meet prior to the General
Meeting of the Association, and shall conduct the day-to-day business of
the Association.

14.        The Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Association shall
keep records of all meetings of the Association and of its Executive
Committee and shall conduct all correspondence in connection with the
affairs of the Association.  The Executive Secretary/Treasurer shall
receive all monies due to the Association and shall make all
disbursements authorized by the Executive Committee and present the
audited accounts at each General Meeting.

15.        The Executive Committee shall have the power to set up
sub-committees and for this purpose may co-opt any member of the

16.        Executive Committee decisions can only be ratified if a
quorum of 6 members of the Executive Committee members is present.

17.        Membership is terminated on:

            (a)        resignation from the Association, submitted in
writing to the Executive Secretary.

(b)        failure of payment of due subscriptions for a period of 4
years. Membership may be reinstated on payment of arrear of
subscriptions due.

V         MEETINGS

18.        The Association will meet every 2 years.  The meeting of
the Association will include the Business Meeting of the Executive
Committee and the General/Scientific Meeting of the Association

VI        ACTION

19.        The Association may take such action as may be deemed
necessary in all matters affecting the legitimate interests of its
members, provided that any action contemplated by the Association shall
be in conformity with the stated policy of the Association for the time
being in force.


20.        Proposals for alterations to the Constitution may be made
by any member of the Association, provided they are submitted in writing
to the Executive Secretary at least 3 months before the General
Meeting.  All Members must be notified of these proposals.  Alterations
to the Constitution may only be carried by a 2/3 majority of those
present at the General Meeting.

In the event of the dissolution of the Association, remaining assets
will be disbursed to a charitable organization.


21.        (a)        An annual subscription to be proposed by the
Executive Committee shall be payable by members of the Association.


22.        The activities of the Association shall be suspended if at
any time its membership is less than 10 members.