Warsaw

Conference “The obesity epidemic – challenges for Central and Eastern Europe. The patients, the professionals, the system”

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6th March 2017, 11.00-16.00
Senate of Poland

One of the most serious modern age diseases, obesity has joined the ageing society as the 21st century’s biggest challenge for public health. According to the World Health Organization at least 2.8 million people die due to complications of obesity every year. In Poland, about 64 percent of men and 46 percent women. already suffering from overweight and obesity. While a number of countries resort to quick-fixed solutions in a bid to treat obesity, a fully functional healthcare system dedicated to patients with obesity has not been yet established in Europe. Due to economic factors, CEE countries face major difficulties in setting up such a system despite the fact that the region reports the fastest growing population of the obese. Preventive healthcare remains the key response to obesity problem in many countries. Importance of prophylaxis should not be undermined, but it must be noted that tertiary prevention practically equals treatment.

The conference will be attended by, among others: representatives of European Commission and European Parliament, Ministries of Health from CEE countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia), medical and systemic experts from Poland and abroad, as well as by the representatives of patient organisations. Guests from Poland include: Konstanty Radziwiłł, Minister of Health, Krzysztof Łanda, Undersecretary of State at Ministry of Health, Andrzej Jacyna, President of the National Health Fund, Beata Małecka-Libera, Vice-chair of the Health Committee of Sejm and Robert Kwiatkowski from PFRON.

The aim of the Conference is to initiate a systemic discussion on obesity and to develop effective anti-obesity solutions for Poland as well as other Central and Eastern European countries.



Who we are?

The mission of the Coalition is to initiate debates and develop solutions in the field of obesity treatment in CEE countries. The Coalition’s activities are also aimed at implementing long-term effective systems of patient care as well as bridging the gap between the West of Europe and CEE countries in terms of obesity treatment.

Experts

Meet Coalition’s experts

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Mariusz

Wyleżoł

Surgeon, specialist in bariatric and metabolic surgery

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Magdalena

Gajda

Public Relations and Public Communication specialist, journalist

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Maciej

Michalik

Surgeon, specialist in general and bariatric surgery

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Magdalena

Olszanecka-Glinianowicz

Specialist in public health care and internal diseases


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Wiesław

Tarnowski

General surgeon and a globally recognised authority in the field of laparoscopy

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Bolesław

Samoliński

Professor of medicine and a specialist in the field of allergology, otolaryngology and public health

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Krzysztof

Paśnik

Head of the Department of General, Oncologic, Metabolic and Thoracic Surgery

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Magdalena

Władysiuk

Vice-President of HTA Consulting

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Zbigniew

Gaciong

National consultant in the field of hypertensiology

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Almantas

Maleckas

Surgeon, specialist in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery

Participating Organisations


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Coalition Against Obesity, Woronicza 31 / 254, 02-640 Warsaw