WELCOME NOTE

President EAP

Prof. Adamos Hadgipanayis, PhD

I am looking forward to welcome each one of you in our activities and I promise to work with all of you for the benefit of children’s health and our profession.

Dear Colleague,

It is an honor to have been elected to serve as President of the EAP. I have already started to work hard to achieve our shared goals and to promote the best possible care of children, as well as the profession of Paediatrics itself.

There is no doubt that we all want to improve children’s health, both in Europe and elsewhere in the world. To achieve this, we need to work together, supporting research for children, ensuring that we train doctors and other healthcare workers, and giving a clear voice to children and their parents. We must also engage those involved in setting health policy, ensuring priority is given to the care and support of this vulnerable group.

Being a paediatrician is not easy just now. The average age of pediatricians in Europe is steadily increasing and in many European countries politicians are downgrading their role. In some European countries general practitioners are replacing paediatricians in primary care.

The European Academy of Paediatrics will work to raise the awareness of these issues among the members of the European Parliament. At the same time, EAP and its officers are at the disposal of all national organisations to support and assist whenever is needed.

One of our major goals is to develop European Examinations in Paediatrics. It is indeed ambitious but I am confident that along with the chairman of the European Board of Paediatrics, Dr. Robert Ross Russell, and in collaboration with the young European Academy of Paediatrics (yEAP – Junior doctors) we will make this dream come true. Junior doctors are the future of our profession and of course the future of EAP. I am really very proud of their activities and contribution to the EAP and the entire Executive committee supports their efforts and their initiatives.

Finally, the European Academy of Paediatrics is also an Association, whose membership is open to all paediatricians and related professionals, within and outside Europe. We earnestly believe that we will be more effective in achieving our goals if we are supported by a strong membership that includes all paediatric related professionals. 

I am looking forward to welcome each one of you in our activities and I promise to work with all of you for the benefit of children’s health and our profession.

Thank you
Prof. Adamos Hadjipanayis, PhD
President, EAP

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