Central East European
Dermato Venereological Association
A Short History
In 1996 (June, 15-16) at Jablonna Palace, close to
Warsaw, Poland, was held an international symposium, organized by the
Polish Association of Dermatology. Representatives of the following countries
took part in the meeting: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland,
Romania, Slovak Republic, Ukraine (Fig. 2). Chairman of the conference
was Professor Wieslaw Glinski, President of Polish Association of Dermatology.
The participants in the symposium - Professor Rubins (Latvia), Professor
Tsankov (Bulgaria), Professor Zahejski (Czech Republic), Professor Buchvald
(Slovak Republic), Professor Schneider (Hungary), Professor Glukhinky
(Ukraine), Dr. Gorkiewicz - Petkow (Poland) - presented briefly the history
of dermatological societies in their countries. Discussion was provoked
on the problems to be solved by dermatologists in these countries. Representatives
of Ukraine, Latvia and Romania emphasized on the increasing incidence
of sexually transmitted diseases, especially syphilis and AIDS. They stressed
on shortage of financial support from the Government, reduction of the
number of hospital beds, and places of job for doctors and nurses working
in the field of dermatology.
Professor Glinski has suggested that an organization is being created
to integrate dermatologists from Central European countries and developed
the aims of such an organization. Professor Zahejski and Professor Glinski
reminded of the existence of an organization of the Slavonic dermatologists,
founded in 1930s. The new organization was named Central East European
Dermato Venereological Association (CEEDVA). The Board of the Association
was decided to be presented by a President and a Secretary and the meetings
to be held annually.
The aim of CEEDVA is to reveal the problems of Dermatology in East European
countries to leading European dermatological associations such as EADV,
to improve the scientific exchange and the integration between East and
West European dermatologists. The access to CEEDVA remains open in the
future for other countries from the region which were not among the founders
of the new organization, such as Russia, Byelarus, Estonia and Lithuania.
Suggestions has been made for Bulgaria to be host country of the next
CEEDVA meeting in 1997.
The Polish Association of Dermatology
assumed the responsibility for informing ILDS and EADV about CEEDVA foundation
and for announcing the First meeting in Warsaw through EADV Journal and
International Journal of Dermatology. The results from the symposium as
well as its social programme turned out to be a nice opportunity for the
participants to exchange views and strengthen the cooperation on the basis
of personal contacts. After the First meeting of CEEDVA in Warsaw in 1996,
the Polish Society of Dermatology took the responsibility for representing
the new organization in 1997. The report from the conference in Warsaw
was sent to all CEEDVA members.
Short announcement about the event
was sent to EADV and ILDS. In reply, Professor A. Katsambas, Secretary
of EADV invited two representatives of Poland to participate as observers
during the EADV Board Meeting in Lisbon. Professor W. Glinki had a chance
to present briefly the aims of the new organization, and to express the
desire of CEEDVA founders for future co-operation with EADV. Dr. A. Gorkiewicz-Petkow
distributed the report from CEEDVA meeting in Warsaw to EADV Board members.
CEEDVA has been warmly accepted by EADV representatives.
At the Annual Meeting of the British
Association of Dermatology (BAD) in Bournemeouth Dr. A. Gorkiewicz - Petkow
has spoken of the co-operation between CEEDVA and BAD. As a result BAD
has proposed two scholarships for the following 2 years (1997,1998) for
candidates from CEEDVA countries to participate in BAD meetings, covering
all the expenditures, including travling charges. Dr. A. Kourtchenko from
Ukraine was elected for 1997. The Polish Association of Dermatology invited
Professor J.P.Ortonne, President of EADV to Warsaw. During his visit the
position of CEEDVA in Europe was discussed. Professor Ortonne has stressed
on the role of the new organization for the integration of the Central
East European countries in EADV. He has suggested Nice as the venue for
the next meeting (during the 7th EADV Congress) and has made a proposal
for co-operation of the CEEDVA with the French Society of Dermatology.
The next meeting of CEEDVA has been organized by the Bulgarian Dermatological
Society in Plovdiv (May, 16-18, 1997) with the representatives of Bulgaria,
Hungary, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia.
The discussions emphasized on the
following: Working committee of CEEDVA - representatives of all dermatological
societies Permanent contact with EADV with 3 observers to the Board of
Representratives at the Board of CEEDVA Programme of meetings and symposia
an specific subjects (allergic diseases, psoriasis, etc.) Problems concerning
specialization programme in Dermatology in the United Europe Publication
of atricles on the history of dermatological societies from Central Eastern
Europe to illustrate the long history of dermatology in that region Active
participation of dermatologists from Central European countries at Congresses,
Board of scientific organizations, International Journals and Committees.
The third meeting of CEEDVA was
held in Nice on October 11, 1998 during the 7th Congress of EADV. The
meeting was conducted by Professor N. Tsankov (Bulgaria). Representatives
from Romania, Latvia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, Yugoslavia
attended the meeting (Fig.3). Professor J.P. Ortonne, President of EADV
Nice Congress was presented at the beginning of the meeting. Professor
N. Tsankov and Dr. A. Gorkiewicz-Petkow have presented some problems of
dermatologists in CEEDVA countries and the future activities of CEEDVA
(Fig.4). It was emphasized that CEEDVA should act within EADV activities,
providing information about dermatology in CEEDVA countries.
The following problems were discussed,
that resulted in several propositions to EADV Board: Reduction of fees
for CEEDVA countries (there are differences in the economical situation
among those countries). Fellowships for young dermatologists to attend
the EADV meeting To supply EADV journal to a University center in every
country, member of CEEDVA To include more representatives of CEEDVA countries
in the organizing of workshops, symposia chairmen or co-chairmen, during
EADV Congress To facilitate short training in dermatology for young registrars
in dermatology from CEEDVA countries - in exchange CEEDVA will propose
training in clinical dermatology at University Centers It was stressed
that CEEDVA countries must increase the numbers in the EADV organization
CEEDVA countries should consider the possibility to organize EADV Congress
in 2002 CEEDVA organization should play the role of unifying the programme
of training in dermatology as compare to the UE countries.