What The World Could Learn From CAPGAN 2015 14th Scientific Conference

The Commonwealth Association of Pediatric and Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN), in collaboration with Medanta – the Medicity and the Indian Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, proudly presented its 14th Scientific Conference in New Delhi intending to shed new light upon new epidemics in children. 

What did the Conference aim for?

CAPGAN has been maintained and developed with the purpose of creating a shared platform for doctors and health specialists from Commonwealth Nations to gain an insight into several widespread diseases faced by children. The issues addressed at the Conference include constipation, obesity, celiac disease, vitamin D deficiency, and malnutrition, calling for serious attention and cooperation among various nations. 

Furthermore, thanks to the medical and scientific knowledge accumulated, contributed, and shared during the 3-day CAPGAN 2015 Conference; the medical community hoped to spread the vision, receptivity, and timely responsiveness to diverse complications on a global scale. 

Besides, the Conference also aimed at equipping more than 350 registered delegates and over 70 international lecturers with remarkable advances in gastroenterology and pediatrics and raising general awareness regarding noticeable epidemics in children (diarrhea, food allergies, obesity, fatty liver diseases, etc.).

What would the world learn from CAPGAN 2015?

Firstly, CAPGAN conferences play a crucial role in finding practical solutions and deliberating on several new-age issues that challenge the medical system in impoverished areas of the Commonwealth Nations. 

It is estimated that one out of four children has suffered from these significant problems, such as malnutrition, lack of vitamin D, or gastrointestinal diseases. Thus, in an attempt to eradicate these ailments at their roots, CAPGAN hopes to devise a brighter and healthier future for the next generations.

Secondly, the timely sharing of up-to-date information and practical experience from scientists within the conference frame successfully curbed the widespread of many fatal diseases in children. 

Let’s take diarrhea as an example. Young children with diarrhea are 8.5 times more prone to die than those under control, and more than two decades ago, there were no pathogens to be found in most of the diarrhea cases. However, thanks to technical improvements and abilities to conduct large-scale surveys, now the world has a more thorough understanding of the root cause of diarrhea.

Another primary issue needed to be addressed is malnutrition. Millions of children, especially in poverty-stricken countries, are stunted due to malnutrition, leading to an increase in early deaths as well as brain malfunction.

Thirdly, apart from enhancing professional capacity in coping with these problems, CAPGAN 2015 spread a message of children’s welfare in the Commonwealth Nations in particular and the world in general. 

Final words

Thanks to professional contributions and initiatives throughout the Conference, CAPGAN is expected to expand its impact on a global scale and promote the knowledge and practices of Gastroenterology, Pediatrics, and Nutrition in developing countries.