The wound care industry in South Africa took the initiative and brought a group of general and plastic surgeons together to form a new interest group. WHASA was born with the aims of promoting the advancement and education of wound management at all levels of care.
WHASA joined hands with the Wound Care Society of South Africa to form a new united body for all wound care practitioners. A formal structure was created to converge the fragmented local wound care fraternity into a cohesive body that would be able to lobby for wound care and its interests in Southern Africa. During December an Interim Steering Committee was formed to guide the process towards the formation of this formal joint venture.
WHASA Inaugural Wound Care Conference was held between the 14th and 16th September at Kievits Kroon Country Estate, Pretoria, where the Constitution was adopted. The first unified multi-disciplinary Executive Committee was elected under the leadership of Dr. Frans Cronje.
WHASA held its 2nd International Multidisciplinary Wound Healing Conference during May at the Indaba conference centre in Fourways. The new multi-disciplinary EXCO was elected under the leadership of Sr. Liezl Naude with Dr. Gregory Weir as the President-elect.
WHASA also attended the World Union of Wound Healing Societies conference in Toronto, Canada as a supporting society. We also took part in a bid presentation to host the next WUWHS meeting in 2012. WHASA came second to Japan with 29-23 votes, but secured an International meeting to be held in Cape Town 2010 to launch a WUWHS African position document.