Top paediatrics institute to open Mideast wing

December 06, 2013 - 5:10:02 am

The Chairman of Excellence in Paediatrics (EiP), Dr Dimitri Christakis, and the Chief Executive Officer of Sidra, Dr William Owen, share a lighter moment on the sidelines of the fifth EiP conference at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
DOHA: Excellence in Paediatrics Institute (EiP), an association that aims at improve child health is planning to start a wing in the Middle East soon. 

The Middle East chapter of EIP will focus on specific health problems of children in the region, according to the Chairman of Excellence in Paediatrics (EiP), Dr Dimitri Christakis.

He was addressing the opening session of fifth edition of EiP at the Qatar National Convention Centre yesterday. 

“It (Middle East chapter of EiP) will be similar the global body but with a focus on the region. We are actually looking at the infrastructure on educational tools, the mission is the same as the larger one and the emphasis is going to be on the region,” said Dr Christakis. 

“Some of the needs are exactly the same. We have diseases which are more common in the Middle East. Diseases that are generic basis are common due to the closer relationships here which results in incidences like 10 or 15 times more than other regions and there is lot that can be done about it,” he added. 

Sidra has partnered with the EiP to bring their flagship conference to the Middle East for the first time. Over 1,500 paediatric professionals from more than 90 countries are attending the medical conference to share expertise, learn the latest techniques to collectively improve the quality of paediatric care globally.

“The common thread for us all is to achieve greatness by nurturing the potential of the individual. And building potential begins with creating and maintaining health among our children and for our children yet to be born. In Qatar, childhood immunization coverage rates for polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and measles are over 90 percent, and have been so for the past 15 years,” said Dr  William Owen, Sidra’s Chief Executive Officer. 

Dr Thomas Cherian, the Coordinator for Programme and Impact Monitoring in the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals at the World Health Organisation (WHO), delivered the keynote address at EiP, predicting that 26 million deaths could be averted in the next decade through vaccination, but only if national governments act now.  

During the Sidra-hosted EiP event, attendees will learn techniques to repair defective genes in children, understand the social determinants of health outcomes, find out how utero neurosurgical procedures can heal a damaged growing baby, learn how to encourage a reticent mother to breast feed her baby, see an imaging device that resolves biochemical pathways in the brain, and experience a premixed baby formula that is palatable and affordable. The Peninsula
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