(Pictured L-R: Deputy from Czech Haemophilia Union, Czech Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch, EAHAD President Mike Makris and EAHAD 2019 Congress President Jan Blatný)
Before opening the 12th congress of the European Association of Haemophilia and Allied Disorders (EAHAD), a press conference was held under the auspices of Czech Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch on Feb. 5. EAHAD had chosen Prague as its 12th congress destination and more than 2,600 medical experts, pharmacists and community representatives from 80 countries from around the world came to Prague. In the history of the congress, this was a record-breaking number.
At the press conference, Professor Mike Makris, the president of the association, underlined that Europe is leading the world in research on rare diseases. Vojtěch, along with 2019 EAHAD Congress President Jan Blatný, expressed the pleasure of hosting the congress in Prague.
“I consider this to be sort of a recognition of the Czech Republic and the cooperation of its specialists—physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, insurance companies—all who take care of patients with bleeding disorders. No country where the care wouldn’t be at a high level would become the host of such a congress,” says Blatný. He also added that the care system in the Czech Republic is provided through a sophisticated network of specialized centers.
A record number of EAHAD congress participants were brought to Prague and they praised not only the attractiveness of the city, but also the advances in genetic therapy, which promised an opportunity to have quality discussions during the congress. Makris praised the beautiful view of the Prague Congress Centre, an exhibition for scientific posters while delegates were networking over tasty products from the local cuisine of Zátiší Catering and lauding its use of 70 percent bio-degradable dinnerware.
The main program of the congress, took place Feb. 6–8, and was held in 13 halls and meeting rooms while sessions with specialists were held separately. These round-table discussions were hosted by renowned conference partners. The Prague Congress Centre appreciates the organizers’ given confidence and positive feedback in this socially significant congress.
The largest congress center in the Czech Republic offers variable rooms for small events and large congresses up to 10,000 participants in 20 halls and 50 salons. The premises are equipped with the most modern equipment and are supported by professional and experienced employees. Thanks to its excellent acoustics, the PCC is also a suitable venue for concerts. Among its other advantages are its excellent accessibility to the city center and nearby metro access. It also features the Vyšehrad Business Centre and the four-star Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre with a capacity of 254 rooms. The PCC was awarded the EKO Gold certificate for its use of renewable energy. For more info, visit https://www.praguecc.cz
The European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders (EAHAD) is a multi-disciplinary association of healthcare professionals who provide care for individuals with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders. Its members include haematologists, nurses, physiotherapists, laboratory scientists and researchers from across Europe. For more info, visit http://eahad.org/