Physicians of Indian origin from across the globe congregated at the third annual conference of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin here Jan. 1 to 3 with a vision to improving healthcare worldwide.
GAPIO was launched in January 2011 to bring together 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin in the world on one professional platform. This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help to mobilize significant developments in the healthcare globally. GAPIO already has representation from 15 countries in the President's Council.
Speaking on the occasion of the third annual conference, GAPIO president Dr. Prathap C Reddy said: "Establishing itself as an association of the Indian medical diaspora, GAPIO is marching ahead to impact global healthcare. The moment has arrived for the Indian doctor to take a lead in shaping the contours of global health scenario."
GAPIO will launch a comprehensive screening program for non-communicable diseases in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh as a pilot, which will then be replicated in other parts of the country, according to Reddy. GAPIO would like to work closely with the Government of India and different state governments in screening programs, he highlighted.
GAPIO vice president Dr. Sanku Rao announced that a plastic surgery program that will be held this month in Bilaspur, Chattisgarh, where more than 100 patients will undergo free surgery.
According to GAPIO secretary general Dr. Ramesh Mehta, an exchange program to facilitate senior faculty exchange across institutions in India and other countries will also be launched this year.
"The President Council of GAPIO has resolved to draw a large number of members from the fields of research and academics this year to help achieve its objectives. GAPIO will also focus on encouraging young physicians to participate in exchange programs across the globe," said GAPIO joint secretary Dr. Anupam Sibal.
Having held conferences in Delhi, Hyderabad and Kochi as well as in New Jersey and Birmingham, Alabama, GAPIO will hold its third mid-year conference in Los Angeles in June 2013 to carry forward the agenda of the organization.
By the end of 2013, GAPIO hopes to have representatives from more than 30 countries.