On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is a great pleasure and honour to invite you to participate at The 3rd Congress of Paediatric Association of the Balkans which will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on September 12-14, 2018, in the same time with the 11th Romanian Congress of Social Paediatrics, the Forum of the Romanian School Doctors and the Regional Meeting of the Romanian Association for Paediatric Education of Family Doctors.
This year, our Society celebrates 25 years from the first Romanian Congress of Social Pediatrics, organized by our mentor, Professor Nicolae Miu. Since then, there was an increasing interest in the social needs when caring for children. We hope that this Congress will have an important contribution to the cooperation between paediatricians and other specialties involved in children care, between paediatricians from the Balkan Region, as we are all facing new challenges during the last years.
The main topic of this congress will be the Cooperation in the Balkans for the Health of our Children. There will be sessions covering the chronic diseases in children, public health system in the Balkan region, preventive care, emergency care for children and many other important issues for the health of children. It will be an opportunity for you to present your experience and your work in plenary sessions or poster papers.
Cluj-Napoca is known as the Treasure City of Transylvania. The city is the home for 12 universities, including the "Babes-Bolyai" University, the largest university in Romania and the "Iuliu Hațieganu" University of Medicine and Pharmacy with the highest number of enrolled foreign students in our country.
The history of our city is going back to the Dacian times when the Greek geographer, Claudius Ptolomaeus mentioned a village, named Napuca. During the Roman Empire, Hadrian raised it to the rank of city as Municipium Aelium Hadrianum Napocense. The city reappeared in documents in 1173 as the settlement Clus (in Latin “surrounded by hills”). Later, in 1316, the king Charles of Anjou granted the status of royal city (free city). Other names of the city were Kolozsvar (in Hungarian) and Klausenburg (in German). The latter was given by the Saxon settlers from Baden-Württemberg as the city was one of the seven medieval Saxon cities (Siebenburgen) in Transylvania. The city also enjoyed the special protection of the great king born here, Matthias Corvinus (1458-1490).
Cluj-Napoca lies at the crossroads of the Western Europe and the Balkans and carries all the cultural inheritance of the nations that lived here and transformed it throughout the centuries. Moreover, today, due also to the foreign students coming from all over the World to learn medicine, the multicultural development of our city continues.
We hope that you will have a great time in Cluj-Napoca and this meeting will be a memorable and rewarding experience for all participants.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Cluj-Napoca, an open and welcoming city.
Professor Nicolae MIU, MD, PhD
Honorary President of the Congress,
Honorary President of the Romanian Society of Social Pediatrics
Professor Fügen ÇULLU ÇOKUĞRAŞ, MD, PhD
Co-President of the Congress,
President of the Paediatric Association of the Balkans
Associate Professor Tudor Lucian POP, MD, PhD
Co-President of the Congress,
Secretary General of the Paediatric Association of the Balkans