Urology Beyond Europe: making a difference in urology

Tue, 28 Dec 2010

The 26th Annual EAU Congress will open with a full-day event which had proven to be a success in the previous editions of the congress - Urology Beyond Europe”.

Every year the EAU welcomes new international participants and organises joint sessions with national societies from non-EU countries. This initiative has served as an efficient platform for an exchange of ideas and experience, defying borders, political systems and economic circumstances. This initiative has helped many to form and to broaden their professional networks and has brought attention to differences in urological care practices around the world.

In addition to the established objectives, this year’s “Urology Beyond Europe” will bring focus to the needs and challenges urological practitioners experience in developing countries and emerging economies. Delegates are welcome to participate in the dialogue with representatives of Central Asian and Caucasian urological societies, which was initiated at the Barcelona congress last year. A new joint session with PAUSA (Pan-African Urological Surgeons’ Association) aims to create awareness about roadblocks and challenges African urologists face in their practice.

“The epidemiological picture of urological diseases in African countries is entirely different from that in Europe,” commented Prof. P-A. Abrahamsson, EAU Secretary General. “We are in need to create awareness among European doctors about the urological care in Africa, because in this field we can truly make a difference.”

“The in-depth knowledge of our colleagues from PAUSA, concerning the state of affaires in Africa, coupled with the expertise of the European urological community will enable urologists from many African countries to make the best use of their skills and resources, which are often veryscarce,” Abrahamsson told EUT.

“We must certainly explore the many possibilities for cooperation and educate European practitioners on how they can contribute to raising the levels of urological care in the world.”