WOFAPS 2019 Congress Launches at the Qatar National Convention Center

Held for the first time in Qatar, the 6th World Congress of Pediatric Surgery will run from 1 to 4 November, with the attendance of over 800 surgeons from 80 countries

Doha, Qatar, 1 November 2019: Sidra Medicine launched the 6th World Congress of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS 2019) today, with the attendance of over 800 surgeons from more than 80 countries. The international congress,is being held for the first time in the Middle East and Qatar, from 1 and 4 November 2019 at the Qatar National Convention Center.

The conference aims to improve the surgical care of children around the globe, driving collaboration, education and training beyond borders. It also aims to ensure every child in the world has access to good quality healthcare and treatment by a pediatric medical or surgical specialist.

Sidra Medicine is hosting WOFAPS 2019 to ensure Pediatric Surgeons have access to the latest updates in the field, and opportunities for training with some of the world’s leading pediatric surgeons. The conference aligns with Sidra Medicine’s mission to provide comprehensive healthcare services including the training and education needed for healthcare practitioners, especially in lower income countries.

Dr. Mansour Ali, Executive Chair of Surgery at Sidra Medicine and Co-Chair of the WOFAPS 2019 Organizing Committee said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome over 800 Pediatric General Surgeons, Pediatric Urologists, Community Surgeons, Surgical Trainees, and Nurses from around the globe to WOFAPS 2019 here in Doha.”

Dr. Ali added: “In line with the National vision 2030, Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to host such a major pediatric surgery congress. As a Qatari surgeon, I am proud to see the readiness and capability of a leading healthcare organization like Sidra Medicine to host such a global event. We are now at the forefront of women’s and children’s healthcare services and supporting the teaching and training to attending surgeons from around the globe.”

“WOFAPS 2019 is a major educational symposium. We designed our unique program to focus on surgical best practices and to identify the way forward for surgical diseases that threaten the quality and life expectancy of children. This is a unique chance to learn from some of the most eminent experts across the surgical spectrum,” Dr. Mansour concluded.

Prof. David Sigalet, Chief of Patient Services at Sidra Medicine and President of WOFAPS said: “We are pleased with the amazing support of Sidra Medicine and our partners and sponsors. The organization of this conference has truly been a team effort, with the main goal to provide all delegates with the best, and enriching world congress experience.”

“Under the theme ‘Moving Collaboration, Education and Training Beyond Borders’, Qatar is welcoming the brightest and most innovative thought leaders in the surgical and medical field, allowing WOFAPS delegates to learn and discover new best practice methodologies in pediatric surgical care.” Prof. Sigalet said.

Dr. Sanjeev Dutta, Former Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Stanford, and Head of Innovations at Johnson and Johnson, said: “Africa and Asia are the geographies that witness the biggest disparities in healthcare, and it’s a global responsibility to address those disparities in terms of offering access to wellbeing to people everywhere. Given the proximity to this region, organizing the congress here in Qatar and having 100 doctors who are giving care to children in these parts of the world sponsored to come and attend is a sign of the democratization of surgery, and giving equal chances in surgical access to everyone.”

Prof. Pippi Salle, Chief of Urology at Sidra Medicine, welcomed delegates, praising the success of the pre-congress two day workshops, saying: “We have a fantastic International faculty at Sidra Medicine, both for the live surgery workshops as well as for the urological scientific meeting prepared to make this event an unforgettable one.”

Today, the congress hosted a series of dedicated presentations and sessions on different topics including; ‘International Pediatric Surgical Oncology’, organized by Prof. Jörg from IPSO, and the Hugh Greenwood ‘Paediatric Surgical Skills Course’, organized by Prof. Kokila Lakhoo and Haitham Dagash from BAPS and GICS.

In parallel with the 6th World Congress of Pediatric Surgery (WOFAPS), full day urology sessions will be held every day of the congress, organized by local expert, Dr. Pippi Salle. These dedicated surgery sessions will provide three days of discussions around the most relevant topics and the hottest debates.

The academic sessions at WOFAPS 2019 are led by internationally recognized health professionals, who are experts in their field of practice. The plenary sessions cover cross-cutting themes in innovation, education, quality, and safety, and a total of 6 pre and post congress workshops have been developed to create a diverse platform for more hands-on learning.

Partners of WOFAPS 2019 this year are: official airline partner, Qatar Airways; platinum partner, The National Tourism Council; media partner, Al Jazeera Media Institute; platinum sponsor, Sedeer; venue sponsor, Qatar National Conference Center and bronze sponsors, Ethicon and Ideal Medical Solutions.

Read the Arabic draft here.

For additional details please visit: www.wofaps.org.