It is a great honour and privilege for me to take over the Presidency of the International Pediatric Association (IPA), for the next 3 years (2013-2016) and I would like to thank all for electing me in that position.
IPA is a huge family but, despite its size, we are putting all our efforts to make sure that the bonds connecting this family are strong ones and that all scientific, geographical and social groups are equally represented. All of us should work together under the umbrella of IPA, in order to achieve one important goal: “make a difference in the lives of our children”.
Dr. Andreas Konstantopoulos
As the new President of IPA I would like to emphasize on our ambitious plans for our Association. We have a vision and mission for IPA and I am confident that this vision is shared by the majority of my colleagues: to work together and to work hard for the health and well being of our children, all over the globe. Advocacy and scientific initiatives are our main tools. Our mission for the next 3 years is becoming “Children’s advocates in action”.
Our main actions for achieving our goals for the future are, reconstructing and activating the Technical Advisory Groups to achieve: “Children’s Advocates in Action” through the Millennium Development Goals toward 2015, strengthening relationships with our global partners (WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, World Bank etc.), advocating with passion for the achievement and maintenance of all MDGs, especially, immunization, child and mother survival, peace and human rights in all parts of the world, empowering the involvement of National and Regional Societies in the administration of IPA through the Standing Committee, supporting our member societies to facilitate their contacts with local authorities and continuous training of pediatricians in underdeveloped and developing countries, utilizing modern technology to enhance the communication and knowledge exchange among pediatricians(website-newsletter) and of course, attracting new Members, in an effort to enlarge and develop the IPA Family.
I would like to ask all of you to join us in this exciting journey and prove that pediatrics know no frontiers in a world that is becoming increasingly global and where children’s needs for a better life are more demanding than ever.
The 103 years birthday of IPA is a chance for us to honor the excellent work done by our predecessors; I had the honor to work with many leaders of IPA in the past years and would like to express my appreciation for all the support I have received by them.
I would like to assure you that it will be my honor to serve the IPA family from the position of the President for the next 3 years.
We’ll move forward with our eyes on the future, but keeping the memory of what has already been done and should not be discontinued.
Prof. Andreas Konstantopoulos
President of the International Pediatric Association (IPA)