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CIH Conference: Health in Vulnerable Populations

Location: Munich, Germany

Date: 30. - 31.07.2015

For the conference that took place on 30th and 31st of July, 2015 more than 80 participants from 24 countries across the globe met at the University Hospital of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich. Theme of the conference was health of underprivileged and vulnerable population. The participants were not only Latin American, African and Asian partners of the Center for International but also Graduates of the ‘CIHLMU Phd Program Medical Research International Health’ and also Students of ‘Masters in Mental Health’ and ‘Masters of Occupational Safety and Health’ disciplines. The CIHLMU Center for International Health of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich is sponsored by Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) within the framework of DAAD. The CIH is devoted to matters of international health and academically train health professionals from Low- and Middle- Income countries through transfer of knowledge and joint research projects.

In order to commence the event Dr. Denis Lamblin, President of SAF France, spoke about ‘Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder’. This spectrum includes a wide variety of cognitive and behavioural impairments ranging from mild limitations in social behaviour to severe disabilities. It is mainly caused by consumption of alcohol by mother during the gestational phase. Even though high numbers of cases are not reported, still approximately 0.6% of all newborns are estimated to be affected by FASD. Dr. Teresia Gyorkos from McGill University of Montreal contributed further by presenting the WHO program of deworming for school children in endemic areas.

During the conference the Mother and Child Health Care Specialists exchanged knowledge and experiences on various matters. Additionally, professionals from wide variety of fields discussed existing Infectious Diseases, Mental Health and Occupational Health ailments around the world. Modern discussion methods and techniques provided a platform to facilitate the exchange of ideas between international participants from four continents. All the aforementioned topics were discussed in small groups on the first day of conference. On the second day of conference intensive exchange of ideas took place and this served as a foundation for conversing and generating concrete projects. Resultantly a multinational research team of experts from Latin America, America and Europe intends to address issue of ‘Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder’. Moreover, another consortium of specialist from Africa and Asia proposed to address the ‘Effects of exposure of solvents on shoe-makers’ in low-Income countries. Furthermore, another group plans to investigate worldwide ‘How do Medical courses teach to facilitate communication between health care professionals and Patients and their families’.

Conference formats

  • The conference aims to initiate an active participatory learning process. It uses a mixture of:
  • Café forum
  • Poster presentation
  • Conference presentations and interactive group work
  • Interactive lectures and panel discussions


Keynote speakers

  • Dr. Denis Lamblin, President of SAF France, on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) in Réunion
  • Dr. Theresa Gyorkos, Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University Canada, and Division of Clinical Epidemiology at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, on Contributions of deworming to improving health of vulnerable populations


Conference Program (PDF 212,84 KB)

Conference Flyer (PDF 275,45 KB)