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12th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

11 April 2018 - 14 April 2018 Athens, Greece Add to calendar

The 12th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, is to be held in Athens from April 11-14, 2018 at the Mitera  Hospital, Athens, Greece, together with the 3rd Euro-Asian Symposium on Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.

As in previous years the humanitarian Association “Hearts for All” and Kalangos Foundation is organizing the Global Forum in partnership with Mitera Hospital, World Heart Federation and the support of the WHO.

The Congress is being organized with the aim to continue to address key issues facing numerous developing countries including the shortage of financial, material and human resources, which are often aggravated by adverse economic conditions and loss of trained personnel towards richer countries, as well as, problems due to shortage oft technology and lack of education.

Discussions regarding quality improvement for congenital heart surgery in developing countries in relation to the collaborative database and the Global Heart Network Platform was key issues discussed during the 2015 Global Forum meeting.

Numerous governmental and non-governmental agencies have provided excellent humanitarian medical assistance for a large number of populations in need. Nevertheless, to present, this assistance has been “reactive” and was mainly offered as an answer to natural disasters and wars. These programmed have been certainly useful, but have only been of a punctual, time-limited nature and therefore have not resulted in long capacity-building projects.

The Forum was started in 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland with the objective of becoming an international decision-taking forum to improve cooperation and assistance to the Third World in the capacity building of their health sector, and meet future and emerging challenges, with special reference to cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading non-communicable diseases in industrialized countries and a rapidly growing disease in the developing countries. With the Global Forum the intention is to open a dialogue among different international partners to gather better knowledge concerning the needs of poorer populations; and target available economic, technical and human resources, in order to consolidate and coordinate these efforts in the most cost-effective and best sustainable manner.

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12th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery