Bernard Gitura, FACC President Kenya Cardiac Society

The Kenya Cardiac Society (KCS) Annual Scientific Conference is the flagship program of our Society. It has become the premier Scientific Congress in our East African region. As the President and the Chairman of the Scientific Committee, it gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to the KCS 35th Annual Scientific Conference. While significant strides have been made to improve the services in cardiovascular care in this country, cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death among the Non-Communicable Diseases. It is for this reason that this conference theme is "Impact through Collaboration "since KCS hope to work together with all the stakeholders in NCDs to foster a united effort to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health in this country. This year we also have an outstanding international faculty which in addition to speakers of global repute, has among them the Presidents of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). For the first time we are also introducing The Young Investigator Award to be selected from the abstract presentations. This is meant to encourage cardiac research in Kenya among our young scientists. My Scientific Committee has worked tirelessly and spared no effort to make this conference comprehensive, and of international standards and I hope you will have a fruitful and a memorable experience in this meeting.