The most important activity this year for the South America Task Force was the Second Latin American Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension in Children, held on 20-21 April 2017 and organised by Dr Dora Fabiana Haag, Paediatric Cardiologist from Buenos Aires Argentina, and a very active member of PVRI.
The symposium, in part sponsored by the PVRI, was held in Buenos Aires and was a total success. It was attended by more than 155 doctors, 35% of which were doctors studying for their specialisation, from eight countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. The scientific level was of high calibre.
At the symposium, the third Latin American Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension in Children was approved. It will be organised in Mexico by Dr Humberto Garcia, also a member of PVRI, and will be held in 2019.
In Colombia, Task Force Leader Dr Gabriel Dias began to organise workshops on pulmonary hypertension in children at altitude. The first workshop, in collaboration with Dr Sonia Munoz, Paediatric Cardiologist, and a PVRI member, was held on 17 February 2017 in Pasto (south of Colombia), which located at 2,550 metres (around 8,360 feet) above sea level. Thanks to Dr Munoz’s excellent work, the workshop gathered 45 professionals. Dr Munoz will attend the PVRI 12th Annual World Congress in Singapore.
On 17 August, the Task Force organised a workshop on pulmonary hypertension in children at altitude in Quito, Ecuador, located at 2,850 metres above sea level, with the participation of an important group of Paediatric Cardiologists, pulmonologists and general cardiologists.
The Second Workshop on PulmonaryHypertension in Children at Altitude was held, in collaboration with Dr Carlos Gomez, Paediatric Cardiologist of Tunja, on 8 November 2017 in Tunja. Tunja, a city close to Bogota, is located at 2,810 metres (around 9,210 feet) above sea level.
These workshops are organised with the objective to increase knowledge on PH in children at altitude, including some research on this topic.