SDBP 2018 Annual Meeting September 14 - 17, 2018 Anaheim Marriot Anaheim, CA

Journal «Pediatria» named after G.N. Speransky is the oldest Soviet-and-Russian scientific and practical medical periodical assigned for pediatricians that is published continuously since May, 1922, and distributed worldwide. Our mission statement specifies that we aim to the ‘raising the level of skills and education of pediatricians, organizers of children’s health protection services, medicine scientists, lecturers and students of medical institutes for higher education, universities and colleges worldwide with an emphasis on Russian-speaking audience and specific, topical problems of children’s healthcare in Russia, the CIS, Baltic States and former Soviet Union Countries and their determination with the use of the World’s best practices in pediatrics.’ As part of this objective, the Editorial of the Journal «Pediatria» named after G.N. Speransky itself adopts a neutral position on issues treated within the Journal. The Journal serves to further academic discussions of topics, irrespective of their nature - whether religious, racial-, gender-based, environmental, ethical, political or other potentially or topically contentious subjects.

Gift of Life Lebanon is a chapter of Gift of Life International (GOLI), a Rotarian-based global non-profit organization headquartered in the United States.  The organization funds healthcare projects in developing countries, with a specific focus on the development of sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery and prevention programs for children with heart disease, particularly for those from low income families. Over the past 4 decades, GOLI has helped more than 30,000 children from 79 different countries. Every year, 1 in 100 babies is born with congenital heart disease, the most common birth defect in the world and the #1 cause of death for children under the age of one. In Lebanon alone, more than1000 babies are diagnosed with heart disease every year. In September 2015 a chapter of “GOLI" was founded in Lebanon. The Lebanon chapter has had the privilege to partner with the Children Heart Center at The American University Medical Center (AUBMC), the largest Pediatric Cardiac Center in the Middle East, Hammoud Hospital and the United Nations in order to help refugees.  Gift of Life Lebanon funds every year 100 heart surgeries and helps over 500 families through its prevention and awareness campaign.