The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies is truly a global community, comprising 132 societies and associations. One of the outstanding contributions of the WFNS has been supporting the growth of neurosurgery in low- and middle-income countries, with our profession taking root in countries where there had never before been a neurosurgeon.
The subsequent growth of neurosurgery on African soil is a real success story and we are excited to return to Africa, and this time to sub-Saharan Africa in Cape Town, to celebrate the progress made, and renew our profession’s commitment to providing access to neurosurgical care for all the people of the world.
It is therefore our great pleasure and privilege to invite you to join us in Cape Town for the 18th WFNS World Congress of Neurosurgery which will bring together thousands of neurosurgeons from around the world to share experience and educate and inspire the next generation.
For those seeking new insights and ideas, Cape Town has a proud history of innovation, from Alan Cormack’s Nobel Prize-winning work in developing the CT scan to the first human heart transplant by Christiaan Barnard. We will build on this legacy by offering a scientific programme that showcases the very best of what we can offer patients, with a commitment to finding ways to make this accessible to all, in line with the principles of equity, value-based care, and Global Surgery.
And so we invite you to join us in the spirit of ubuntu, the African belief that we grow as people through our interactions with other people. There is no better way to celebrate our common humanity than gathering and learning together.