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Congress of European Paediatric Association EPA / UNEPSA
jointly with European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians

Jointly held with
14th Congress of Croatian Paediatric Society
13th Congress Paediatric Section of the Croatian Nurses Association

Health care advocates for children
Towards European paediatricians speaking with one voice


Dear colleagues,

We are honored and pleased to welcome you to the 10th Europaediatrics Congress which will be held as an hybrid event. The 10th Europaediatrics Congress will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from 7 – 9 October 2021 and is being hosted by the Westin Zagreb Hotel, located in the very centre of Croatian capital. City of Zagreb will welcome you with a unique hospitality which is so typical for this charming capital of Croatia.

The Covid-19 has created one of the most challenging environments the modern world has ever experienced, so we chose Covid-19 as one of the main topics for 10th Europaediatrics Congress. Thanks to the efforts - especially of medical staff - we are witnessing an ever-improving situation, so in that optimistic tone we invite you to join us in Zagreb. We believe that now, more than ever, we all need to come together and see this challenge as an opportunity.

More than a 100 lecturers and more than a 600 abstracts will provide you with the most up-to-date insight into the current situation regarding our profession and the consequences that this disease leaves us.

While this decade began with some unique challenges—namely the global spread of COVID-19 and restriction of movement in many countries— we also witnessed a strong sense of solidarity, as people came together to support one another through the situation. As the world adapted to current realities, new digital solutions allowed us to remain connected. We hope to bring the new value of these mixed developed communication channels to this hybrid edition of the 10th Europaediatrics Congress.

The congress is the highlight of the activities of the European Paediatric Association and the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations (EPA-UNEPSA).This flagship event has become a wonderful tradition of bringing together paediatricians and child health professionals from all around Europe.

Our objective is health promotion and prevention of disease and disability through primary, secondary and tertiary prevention; and where prevention is not possible to provide up-to-date evidence based treatment and optimize the health and wellbeing of the child and family and in addition promote children’s rights to health, equity and social justice. Actual information, especially regarding Covid-19 problematics will be provided for paediatricians and health professionals working in primary, secondary and tertiary care across Europe and internationally.

There are traces that suggest that in the area of today's Croatia there was concern for children from Roman times. The first known institution for child protection in Croatia was an orphanage in Dubrovnik mentioned in documents from the late 13th century. The first paediatrician in Croatia, Dr Radovan Marković, founded the first paediatric department at the Sestre milosrdnice University Hospital Centre in 1904. The oldest university department of paediatrics in Croatia and this part of Europe was established by Dr Ernst Mayerhofer in 1923. Since that time paediatricians in Croatia adequately monitor and actively participate in the world medical achievements and in cooperation with other specialists and other professionals provide high level healthcare for children in Croatia.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Congress in Zagreb in October 2021!

With respect,
Prof. Julije Meštrović
President of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Aida Mujkić
President of the Organising Committee

Prof. Massimo Pettoello-Mantovani
President of the European Paediatric Assiciation/Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations

Dear colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the 10th Europaediatrics Congress taking place in Zagreb, 7-9 October 2021. Congress is locally being organized by Croatian Paediatric Society with Croatian Nurses Association.

Paediatric Society - Croatian Nurses Association takes part in the network of European paediatric societies and actively participates in creating the highest level of healthcare and standards in paediatric nursing practice.  

Promotion of health and wellbeing, prevention of injuries and diseases, improving safety in children's hospitals, families and social communities are the main goals of our work.

This is a chance to make us aware of the importance of promoting childhood friendly paediatric health care and importance of involving children and parents into the healthcare team taking into account ethical codes and professional behavior.

By accomplishing cooperation with local and worldwide professional societies, by encouraging research from all fields of child health, we can actively influence legislative authority in order to maintain and improve health and rights of children and adolescents and at the same time we create high qualified and professional teams of nurses.

Kristina Kužnik,
President of Paediatric Society - Croatian Nurses Association
President of Organising Committee of the nurses programme