The Role of Advanced Medicine For The Care Of Refugees

DSC_4089_edited-1In coordination with the Union of Arab Doctors and Pharmacists in Austria headed by Doctor Tammam Kelani, the Arab Doctors Union in Europe (ARABMED) headed by Dr. Faidi Omar Mahmoud concluded it’s 32 annual Scientific-medical Congress on Saturday 18th, Sep. 2016 in Modul Hotel in Vienna. The conference was held under the auspices of Dr. Michael Häupl, the mayor of Vienna. This was the second time that the ARABMED held its yearly conference in Vienna.

Dozens of European doctors from all Europe and the neighbouring Arab countries among them refugee doctors from Syria and Iraq attended the conference which lasted from Sep. 16th, to Sep. 18th, 2016.

A special guests of the event was the representative of Dr. Sabine Oberhauser, the Austrian Federal Minster of Health and Women´s Affairs, Dr. Monika Matal, Honorary Medical Director of Amber Med in Vienna, Univ. Prof. Dr. Maria Deutinger from Austria, Dr. Reinhard Dörflinger from Austria, Dr. Toman Barsbai, Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany, Dr. Werner Kirschbaum, General secretary of Austrian Red Cross Headquarters in Vienna, Dr. Reinhard Dörflinger, Doctors without Borders in Austria, Mr Fritz Edlinger, general secretary of Austro-Arab Relations in Vienna, Dr. Beatrix Blaha-Hausner, workgroup refugee children Political Pediatrics Medicin in Vienna, Dip. Ing. Omar Al-Rawi and many other doctors.

The title of the conference was “the role of advanced medicine for the care of refugees” and the major sessions covered a wide range of topics and focused on the conditions of the refugees who came to Europe and their problems such as

  • Immigration Country Germany and Austria, Development, Structures and Political Recommendations.
  • Physician refuge in Europe between Identity and Duties
  • Developing Motivational and Self-Regulation Skills in Physician refuge with Learning.
  • Difficulties From an Individual Training to a Group Training
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Oncology and Ophthalmology,

At the opening session, Dr. Tammam Kelani, the president of the congress, thanked both Austria and Germany governments and peoples for what they have offered and continued to offer to the Syrian and the Iraqi refugees.

The representative of the Austrian Health Ministry had delivered a speech of behalf of Minister Oberhauser, he welcomed the congress audience and said:  

“As Viennese I am very pleased that this year the 32nd conference of the “Arab Medical Union in Europe” and the 25th Annual Meeting of “Arab Medicals & Pharmacists Union in Austria” take place in my home city.

The topic of your conference “The Role of Advanced Medicine in the Care of Refugees in Europe” is very important and it will not lose its importance within the next years. The medical care for refugees is a big challenge for all European countries and I am convinced that only a strong public health system can meet these challenges.

Austria is being both: a transit and a destination country for refugees. We have had a raising demand for basic medical examinations and treatments for refugees when they arrived in Austria. But until today there was no significant increase in infectious diseases.

However, we need to strengthen our cooperation on a European level in order to manage the current migration to Europe. We need to identify best practices and innovations within the public health systems and pool our resources. Only if we act in common, we can be strong and efficient.

I wish you an exciting event, many interesting discussions and a pleasant stay in Vienna.”

Here is the Speech of Prof. Dr. Thomas Szekeres, President the Union of the Austrian doctors in Vienna, the most important medical association in Vienna, which counts over 3 thousand Austrian doctors as its members,

Dear ladies and gentlemen!
First of all I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to Vienna, the world’s capital of medicine. Vienna sets a worldwide example in health care and access to high-end medicine. In research and in applied medicine Vienna is one of the leading cities.
Today we can speak of a third Viennese school of medicine, which joins humanity to high-tech-medicine and practical clinical research.

In the 19th century the first Viennese school of medicine – for example Billroth or Semmelweis – did pioneer work in basic research, surgical techniques and clinical therapy; always placing the patient, the human being, first and always taking into consideration that medicine’s first and foremost goal is to alleviate the pain.

The great social medical scientists of the second medical school, such as Julius Tandler, realized that hygiene, prevention at an early stage and social psychological medical care in a regulated social environment are essential requirements to avoid the formation of ghettos, social emargination and disturbances. They created ideal public health systems.

Modern interdisciplinary medicine as an integrative science was founded in Vienna.
Many highly talented Viennese scientists, doctors and physicians had to emigrate and still do today. This meant that Viennese knowledge was exported throughout the world. Many Nobel Prize winners in physics, medicine and other natural sciences were born in Austria; they started their career here – to become world-famous in foreign lands.
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Progress, ladies and gentleman, lives from the exchange of experience, especially in medicine. This was always so and in a globalised world even more so. Here the Arabian world and Europe, especially Austria and Vienna, can look back on a long well nurtured tradition and an enriching interaction.

Important for the formation of the “occidental medicine” was for example the great physician and philosopher Ibn Sina – Avicenna. He is rightly presumed to be the founder of scientific medicine – in a historical line with Hippocrates and Galen. In his world he was hailed as “Prince of Physicians”, his writings were standard works until the end of the Renaissance and gave European universities an impetus.

Later, ladies and gentleman, European, Austrian and Viennese medical know – how was highly respected in your countries. We together can be proud of the well kept practice of knowledge transfer between our cultures. This is proven by the fact that many physicians from the Arabic countries are educated here in Vienna and take care of patients.

In the meantime Vienna has become one of the most important medical congress cities and thereby a worldwide exchange forum for experience and knowledge. I point out the international congress of radiology or the congress of cardiology and the many professional conventions and symposia that regularly take place in Vienna. An example of this “scientific mediator character” of Vienna is this conference.

Such events (like this congress) are getting more and more important at the present time, where progress and globalization even in medical science advance faster and faster. Only through exchange of knowledge the challenges of the 21st century can be solved in the sense of the patient.

As a meeting place Vienna is not only a medical center, but also a place where different approaches to health and the essence of life can be discussed. Traditional European medicine is not the only thing that counts. Worldwide discussions and dialogs are required.
I wish you a warm welcome to Vienna and I hope that you will not only hear many interesting lectures but also will have lots of good discussions.

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