38 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JULY 2016 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events through lectures, interactive seminars, workshops, and live case of therapeu-tic endoscopy, for which the following topics were selected: • Acute Pancreatitis • Barrett’s Esophagus • Advances in diagnosis and treat-ment of digestive and liver diseases • New technologies Santa Cruz de la Sierra, April 10 to 13: Latin American Workshop Course on Prevalent Digestive Dis-eases. Academic activities were held in the Japanese Hospital. Objective: To have a space for dis-cussion on digestive diseases impact in Latin America with the participation of specialists from the region that at-tended as trainees scholars, supported by experts from different parts of the world. The analysis was done through lectures and workshops on epidemio-logical grounds, realities of promo-tion and prevention, health care, and availability of resources in different countries, on two specific topics: • Digestive Cancer • Viral hepatitis B and C County of Montero (a town of Santa Cruz de la Sierra), April 14 and 15: Health Outreach Program to the Community. Objective: Free program aimed to benefit the general population and usu-ally under-protected patients (in this case the County of Montero) through the care of digestive diseases of me-dium and high complexity, promotion and health education to the popula-tion, and training of human resources of “Alfonso Gumucio Reyes” Hospital. Institutions Involved The general organization of the XII International Course was the respon-sibility of the WGO La Paz Training Center, the Bolivian-Japanese Insti-tute of Gastroenterology (IGBJ), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with the support of: • World Gastroenterology Organisa-tion (WGO) • Pan American Health Organiza-tion (PAHO) • Bolivian Society of Gastroenterology • Japanese Hospital of Santa Cruz de la Sierra • “Alfonso Gumucio Reyes” Hospi-tal of Montero Scholarships According to the objectives of the program, scholarships were avail-able for young specialists from Latin America. Their promotion was made through the societies of gastroen-terology and digestive endoscopy in the region, regional offices of JICA, the Pan American Organization of Gastroenterology (OPGE), and the Inter American Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SIED). Scholarships had three distinct sources of sponsorship: 1. JICA Scholarships: For 20 doctors from Latin American countries; included roundtrip airfare from country of origin to Bolivia, lodging, travel expenses, domestic travel, health insurance, and teach-ing materials. 2. WGO Scholarships: For 10 Boliv-ian doctors; included stay in La Paz and Santa Cruz de la Sierra and teaching materials. 3. Scholarships of the Industry: For 10 doctors from Latin American coun-tries; included stay in La Paz and Santa Cruz, domestic travel, and training material. For 14 Bolivian doctors; included domestic travel. A total of 40 trainees were selected for scholarships. Between the trainees and professors, 19 countries were repre-sented. Live case in IGBJ La Paz. Trainees and professor in La Paz Course. Latin American workshop of Viral Hepatitis B and C in Santa Cruz.
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