Tehran, 15 May 2016- A group of Iran’s pediatric medicine specialists including pediatricians, pediatric emergency experts and anesthesiologists are going through a five day training course on Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) held in Tehran and facilitated by instructors from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This training is part of the joint work plan of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and UNICEF on improving child survival.
Over the course of this five day training which runs from 15 to 20th May 2016 in Tehran, participants will benefit from the most recent theoretic and hands-on knowledge and skills on PALS and will be certified as PALS providers to cascade the training to other health professionals across the country.
UNICEF Deputy Representative in Iran, Christine Weigand, speaking at the opening ceremony referred to Iran’s achievements in reducing child mortality rates over the past years and said:” Today, figures indicate that injuries caused by accidents and unintentional incidents have become the second leading cause of death and disability of children in the country. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to further improve the knowledge and skills of paediatricians, emergency medicine experts, and all other relevant experts in life saving and resuscitation of children following injuries. “Ms. Weigand conveyed UNICEF’s special thanks to the Johns Hopkins University for offering the course free of charge.
World-recognized PALS instructors, Dr. Mark Rogers, Dr. Nicole Shilkofsky, Dr. Jennifer Schutte, Dr. Caitlin O’Brien and Dr. Donald Shaffner, from Johns Hopkins Medical University are facilitating this first internationally supported PALS training for experts of pediatric medicine in Iran. A follow up training to complete the process of PALS certification is planned to take place in late 2016.