In our endeavour to take SLCP academic activities to the membership working in the periphery, we decided to hold regional scientific sessions in various different parts of the country.

The aim was to hold one session every two months so that 6 regions could be covered during the year. The speakers would comprise of consultants who were experts in their own fields (from the region and other areas in the country) and the topics would cover the most important and demanding topics of the region.

The first of such meetings were held at the Teaching Hospital Karapitiya as a one-day program with the participation of a large number of paediatricians and junior doctors in the region. The topics covered included paediatric neurology, nephrology, cardiology, endocrinology, developmental paediatrics and breastfeeding.

Although it was planned to hold a session once in two months due to the high demand and enthusiasm of our membership in the periphery we were able to organize one to two events every month.

The second such session was held in Hambanthota where in addition to lectures, practical sessions on paediatric resuscitation and transport of sick children were also held.

Since then three further sessions were held in Anuradhapura, Badulla and Kegalle with the participation of more than 100 regional paediatricians and junior doctors. A large number of topics covering different subspecialties were covered by eminent speakers. Mini workshops on resuscitation, transport, neonatal ventilation and crisis management were also conducted. We encouraged the participation of nurses in some these sessions so that they too received invaluable knowledge and experience shared by our speakers.

We aim to cover as many regions as possible during this year and the session will be held in Jaffna on the 29th and 30th of March.

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