The Gastroenterology Foundation of South Africa was established in 2006 with the aim of contributing towards the continuing medical education of medical and surgical Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists. Shortly after the inauguration of the Foundation, our focus turned to include all fellows training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology including medical, surgical and paediatric fellows. In addition we encourage and contribute to the funding of research in these fields.
Over the last 10 years the Foundation has in South Africa established itself as an effective organization attracting and continuing to collaborated with a number of international organizations in Europe and the USA namely the AGA, EASL, UEG, ESGE, ASGE and the WGO bringing post graduate courses to our academic meetings in SA and SSA.
Since its inception the Gastro Foundation has raised over R29 million in the form of generous pledges mostly from the pharmaceutical and the device industry. It has sponsored 18 research grants, 71 travel awards to fellows for international travel and 289 for local travel, and has awarded two international scholarships, one to Brown University in the USA and one to Oxford University in the UK.
Since 2015 we have actively extended out activities in SSA with meetings in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Sudan.
2016 was a milestone in the history of the Gastroenterology Foundation of South Africa. We celebrated the 10th anniversary of its founding with two notable events - the commitment to form a Sub - Saharan Society which was announced in Cape Town in December 2018 as GHASSA (The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Association of Sub - Saharan Africa) joining 12 SSA countries, and the announcement of the Gastroenterology Foundation of SSA which evolved from the foundation which has been so successful in SA.
GHASSA is an effective way of co - ordinating gastroenterologists and hepatologists and their societies from various countries in SSA and together with the Gastroenterology Foundation of SSA, a major priority over the next 10 years, will be to concentrate on achieving in SSA what the foundation has so successfully achieved in SA .