Russian Health Care Week demonstrates health care potential
The Russian Health Care Week’2013 has become one of the largest international events for healthcare science and technology brining under one roof a range of exhibitions and congresses featuring health care, healthy living and pharmacology.
The events of the Week generated great interest among professionals and were highly commended by government officials. The organizers of the forum included the Russian State Duma, the Ministry of Health Care and Expocentre ZAO. The efforts of the organizers had gained support from the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Moscow City Government, the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Russian Chapter of the World Health Organization.
In his welcoming address Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the forum had brought together leading R&D specialists and manufacturers of medical equipment, practitioners, pharmacologists and business people from across the globe. He stressed that the forum was very instrumental in tackling key industry issues; it helped the sector to introduce international best practices and innovative technologies into the national health care system, and raise the quality of specialist training.
The Russian Health Care Week incorporated three major international exhibitions, such as Zdravookhraneniye’2013, Healthy Lifestyle’2013 and Apteka’2013. On the show floor of over 50 000 sqm the forum presented over 1100 companies from all Russia’s federal districs and 41 countries. The exhibitors put on display new projects featuring practically every sector of modern medicine.
According to Sergei Bednov, Director General of Expocentre ZAO, the idea behind the project was ‘to combine the demonstration of advanced healthcare equipment and a substantial programme of events for healthcare specialists - practitioners, equipment developers and manufacturers, and health policy makers involved in preventing noncommunicable diseases’.
The highlights of the Russian Health Care Week included the 3rd International Forum on Preventing Noncommunicable Diseases and Fostering Healthy Lifestyle. The sessions of the forum were moderated by Nikolai Gerasimenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Health Care and a member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. The delegates to the Forum discussed in detail how the efforts of government and municipal authorities, grassroots organizations, international experts and socially conscious businesses could be pooled to raise life expectancy in Russia reducing mortality from noncommunicative diseases; how to foster a global disease prevention environment.
Among other highlights of the Russian Health Care Week were Stomatology’2013 Annual Scientific Forum, SportMed’2013 International Scientific Conference, the 2nd Russian Health Care Investment Forum, a Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in Andrology, and an International Business Medical and Pharmaceutical Forum.
At the events the delegates from healthcare institutions and associations, and federal and regional sectoral officials reviewed the past year and came up with recommendations on further improvement and development of the national healthcare system. It was specifically noted that in 2013 the birth rate in Russia had grown, 17.6 million of Russian adults had undergone preventive health examinations, while people had got access to a wider range of advanced diagnostic and treatment services.
During The Russian Health Care Week Expocentre welcomed thousands of specialists. Many of them noted that the new format of the event, providing a single exhibition and information space, opened up entirely new opportunities for the promotion of innovative products for practical application in health care.
Press Office Expocentre ZAO