In 2020 the most important health crisis for the World Health Organization (WHO) as well the priority on the agenda of ministries of health in every country is the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid rate of spread of this infection has devastated the humanity as a whole and made significant changes in every life on earth. It is not more than 6 months since the WHO has declared the COVID-19 infection a pandemic, and we now see the true tragedy from the death toll that it has brought globally.
Unfortunately Armenia is not immune from this disaster, the rate of infection and death rate has been increasing dramatically especially from the end of May and well into month of June. The health care workers as well as authorities are in dire need for finding the effective defense mechanism against this infection. There are multiple studies under way and many different strategies have been suggested, however we still need scientifically proven methods to identify, control the spread, treat and prevent the infection as well as design strategies to attend the pre-pandemic health care issues.
This conference addresses thisglobal problem by discussing the experience gained through the period of pandemic worldwide,hence the name –“Lessons Learnt”. The goal is to scale the efforts and shift the course of action in finding the suitable ways to face current surge in infection as well as to address the correct way to return attention to other, usual and pre-pandemic health care matters.
Experts from across the world will be discussing related topics in 4 major categories, the epidemiology of COVID-19 including the comparison of defense strategies globally, clinical issues in general population, subspecialty topics in pregnancy and pediatric population with COVID, and finally the effect on health care industry, innovations, role of information technology and strategies to return to normal work in health care centers. The lectures will be followed by live Q&A sessions by moderators in a virtual format to address concerns from participants.
The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War has strained Armenia's health system with the management of thousands of wounded soldiers and refugees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the war in September 2020, our organizations have initiated various efforts including coordination of rehabilitation volunteers traveling to Armenia, donation of therapeutic supplies, clinical webinars related to treatment and assessment of war injuries, teleconsultation with in-country clinicians, and a digital resource library. In order to further advance the field and promote international collaboration, we are organizing the Post-Conflict Rehabilitation Virtual Symposium to be held on July 17th & 18th, 2021. The goals of the conference are as follows:
● To stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration among Armenian healthcare providers to address identified challenges related to post-war rehabilitation.
● Facilitate the connection of Armenian healthcare providers and international rehabilitation experts to share evidence-based treatment methodologies and build local capacity.
● Empower local rehabilitation professionals to share their expertise and experience in an international platform, bringing awareness to the unique challenges of post-war Armenia and Artsakh.
This conference will be a culmination of international experts and participants coming together for the first multidisciplinary rehabilitation conference targeting post-war injuries. We look forward to further collaboration and efforts supporting capacity-building for Armenian rehabilitation.
International Center for Professional Development – ICPD is cognizant of its duty in honoring those who have dedicated their career to improving healthcare education in Armenia and within the framework of its goal to provide the resources to continuously improving knowledge and experience in the field of healthcare has initiated the 1st Dr. Raffy Hovanessian International Digestive Disease Virtual Conference.
For 40 years, Dr. Hovanessian led a vibrant private practice in Northwest Indiana. Through his efforts at Fund for Armenia Relief and as a Board member of the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO), Dr. Hovanessian has been an activist leader in supporting continuing medical education to physicians in Armenia.
Asadur Jorge Tchekmedyian, MD, Uruguay
John P. Bilezikian, MD, USA
Gastroenterologists, Endoscopists, Hepatologists, Internal Medicine, Surgeons, Pediatricians, Pediatric Surgeons, Practicing Internists, Family Physicians, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases Specialists, Nutritionists, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Assistants, Surgeons, Oncologists, Pathologists, Diagnostic Imaging Specialists, Clinical Nurse Specialists
English with simultaneous interpretation into Armenian
? 16:00 – 23:20 ?? / Yerevan
? 8:00 – 15:20 ?? / New York
? 13:00 – 20:20 GB / London
Registration is required
The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) is cognizant of its duty to honor those who made substantial contributions to advancement of healthcare and medical education in Armenia. The ICPD is proud to be the organizer of a Symposium on Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, dedicated to Professor Konstantin Danielyan, who chaired the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology of the National Institute of Health of Armenia since 1985 and contributed to the development of the field.
Many organizations in the world recently issued an urgent warning about mental health crisis among children and adolescents. In the USA it was declared to become a “national emergency” by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children's Hospital Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Although the rates of mental health problems in youth have been rising steadily over the past decade, stress association with the coronavirus pandemic made the situation significantly more acute. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24. The percentage of emergency department visits for mental health emergencies in the USA rose by 24% for children between the ages of 5 and 11 and 31% for those 12 to 17, compared with 2019. One in seven 10-19-year-olds in the world experiences a mental disorder, accounting for 13% of the global burden of disease in this age group. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders has also been increasing worldwide partly due to improved early screening and diagnostic methods. The situation with mental health in youth has been critical in Armenia. Recent war with Azerbaijan had an enormous impact on emotional wellbeing of youth and their families. One of the main targets of the conference is to share the experience and expertise of our colleagues in this field. The knowledge obtained during this meeting will help us to provide more comprehensive and advanced help to youth with mental health disorders in Armenia.
Dr. Arman Danielyan, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP
Dr. Armen Soghoyan, MD, PhD, Armenian Psychiatric Association
Dr. Antonio Y. Hardan, MD, Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, USA
Dr. Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA
Target audience: Psychiatrist, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, juvenile justice workers, pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, family doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, educators
English with Armenian simultaneous translation
2 days, 4 hours per day