1st IFCC, EFLM, AFCB Conference
Today, unfortunately, the Mediterranean countries also share wars, terrorism, poverty and large-scale migration. This conference will highlight the value of Laboratory Medicine for a greater effectiveness and safety with the potential to impact numerous health system outcomes at national and regional level and to improve security in the Middle East region with on-site opportunities for diagnosis and care to help victims of war and social-political instability as well ascare of refugees. It will open a new dialogue for scientific solutions to improve healthcare delivery under these extraordinary circumstances as well as to demonstrate the capacity of the Lab Medicine network of excellence to combine different expertise in a single joint action to become the added value.
At the healthcare level, South Euro Mediterranean countries are faced with a double burden. They must maintain policies to fight against traditional diseases, which rely mainly on vaccination policy, while having to face new diseases characteristic from developed countries (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, HIV, hepatitis, obesity, etc.). In addition to the epidemiological transition, other transitions are adding up(demographic,organizational and democratic).
Financial resources remain limited and the post-Arab spring context gave rise to an increasing demand of populations for a better access to health care, for all and at the lowest cost. Such is the complex health context facing South Euro Mediterranean countries. On the other hand, in the Middle East and North Africa region, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease (up by 44%), stroke (up 35%), metabolic diseases and diabetes (up 87%), obesity, maternal mortality are causing more premature death and disability than they did in the past. Potentially preventable risk factors such as poor diets, high blood pressure, high body mass index (an indicator of obesity and overweight), and smoking are contributing to the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in the region. Tuberculosis is still endemic and some transmissible diseases (HIV) may reoccur.
In the last few months, the world has been vividly reminded by the Ebola epidemic and by the resurgence of polio and of MERS Coronavirus that health problems do not stop at borders. In the alarming context of risk of Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission in the Euro-Mediterranean area, there is a need to examine whether capacities to detect, diagnose and notify ZIKV infections in the region are in place and whether ongoing capacity-building initiatives are filling existing gaps. Moreover collaborating with Mediterranean countries is important, through the networks of pharmacovigilance, to be aware on the antimicrobial resistance by extending the surveillance and laboratory experience, while reviewing and strengthening shared vaccination strategies.
Countries in Europe and the Mediterranean face several common health challenges, including, to different extents, the double burden of diet- and physical inactivityrelated chronic diseasesand of nutritional deficiency disorders Migration and health is another common challenge where EU and non-EU countries in the Mediterranean are faced with large unexpected flows of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers many of whom have particular health needs. This constitutes a third and serious burden that we cannot underestimate and that should be addressed jointly,by mobilizing needed resources within a shared framework. Deteriorating health and unnecessary deaths and suffering also due to the current turmoil in several areas in the region are indeed our main common enemies and we need to devise shared strategies to combat them and overcome the risk they impose on our societies. Finally, there is a need for more stringent relationships between Mediterranean Countries to realize advancements in education and curriculum of Laboratory’s professionals.
Registration details will be available soon.
Monday July 2nd
Discussants: Howard Morris (Australia) and Mario Plebani (Italy)
Participants: Italian Foreign Ministry Representative for International Cooperation, Representatives from Italian Military Health Services, Representatives from Embassies of Mediterranean Countries in Rome, Michael Neumaier (EFLM President elect), Osama Najjar (AFCB President), Adenuke Bashinu Okesina (Past President of the AFCC), Guénaël Rodier (Director of the Department of Global Capacities, Alert & Response within the Outbreaks and Health Emergencies Cluster at the World Health Organization), John F. Ryan (Acting-Director of the Commission Public Health Directorate, Head of Unit responsible for Health Threats, Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Bioterrorism within the European Commission Department for Public Health and Consumer Protection), Christian Haddad (Lebanon).
Tuesday July 3rd
Session n. 1: Improving Efficiency inLaboratory Medicine
Chair: Badre Eddine Lmimouni (Maroc)
8.30 - 11.00
11.30 - 13.30
13.30 - 14.00 Lunch
Chair: Rania Abu Seir (Palestine)
Co-Chair: Imessaoudene Belaid (Algeria)
Session n. 4: Lab Med Training and Education
15.00 - 16.30
16.30 - 19.00
Wednesday July 4th
09.00 - 10.30
Session n. 7: Improving Health with Emerging Technologies
10.30 - 13.00
13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 - Fri, 18 Jan 2019
United Arab Emirates
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 - Sat, 19 Jan 2019
Huntington Beach, California 92648
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 - Wed, 23 Jan 2019
Sat, 26 Jan 2019 - Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Mon, 4 Feb 2019 - Thu, 7 Feb 2019
United Arab Emirates
Wed, 6 Feb 2019 - Thu, 7 Feb 2019
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 - Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Suminoe-ku, Osaka 559-0034