Welcome Note From the President
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) website. EAP not only is a Paediatric Society made of European and non-European paediatricians, but it also represents the Paediatric Section of UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists) composed of delegates from European national and specialist paediatric societies and as such, represents the official political voice for children and paediatricians throughout Europe.
We are all aware as Europeans that our national characteristics vary a lot, and that we have different strengths (and weaknesses!). That is one of the great challenges of the EAP – trying to use our strengths variously to work across boundaries. We need to recognise our differences but be able to come together to develop a better system of healthcare for all our children.
EAP basically wants that all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults who live in Europe, regardless of race, creed, social condition or environmental circumstances, attain their optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being; all this by making sure that there is an adequate workforce of appropriately trained physicians who are capable of administering the best possible care to children. Our vision is to make this possible. Our mission is to provide practical assistance in assuring that the physicians who will be taking care of children will be competent to do so.
Over the last years we have seen relatively rapid changes take place in the EAP. We are starting to see our “vision” with “20/20 eye sight” and closer within our reach.
The strength of EAP lies in the Permanent Councils, all geared towards the various aspects of the vision of EAP. The European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) as well as the “Primary”, “Secondary” and “Tertiary” Care Working Groups emphasize training, assessment and continuous professional development; “EAPRASnet” (The European Academy of Paediatrics Research in Ambulatory Setting network), with almost 900 participating paediatricians, focuses on improving the quality of care directly given to children. The “Adolescent working group”, is working to improve training in this often neglected age group, as well as addressing particular medical, social and psychological aspects of this phase of development. Other important working groups directly concerned with the betterment of the health and welfare of children include “Medicine for Children”, “Accident Prevention”, “Vaccination” and “Advocacy for children”.
The Permanent Councils are the vital components of EAP, make it function, progress and hopefully ultimately impact on the mission of the EAP.
The common interests that we collectively share and pursue in improving the health and welfare of children must be harnessed because strength lies in unity and by working together we greatly increase the chances of achieving those that are the goals of every paediatrician.
Become a member! Help us to help you realize your future as a physician who takes care of children.
Tom Stiris MD,
PhD President, EAP