The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Chapter of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) is honored to host the XIIIth Congress of SIOP-Asia from 27th to 29th March 2020 at Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India.
With a rich and exuberant history transcending time, Mumbai is that spot on the map where latitude meets attitude! The diversity of populace adds to the proud history, redefining its flamboyant identity. The secular fabric of the city has stood the test of time and has been ever resilient, a “can-do will-do” nature that embodies the true essence of any cancertherapy - rising up against the odds and fighting, till the end and beyond.
Dedicated pediatric oncology units in India have long been catering to cancer care across different social and financial strata and their contribution to achievements and advancements of the second largest population in the world is praise worthy. The landscape of pediatric oncology in India has seen a revamp with the formation and galvanization of the Indian Pediatric Oncology Group (InPOG), with a mission to improve the outcomes of children with cancer in India by collaborative research, under the guidance and leadership of astute and experienced pediatric oncologists. This would go a long way in improving survival through better understanding of disease biology, adaptive treatment protocols and translating innovative ideas in a structured and disciplined manner. The ball is already rolling. What better time and place to spearhead the mission than by hosting the congress!
It would indeed be a great opportunity, pleasure and privilege to host SIOP-ASIA Congress 2020 at Mumbai, a microcosm of India where people, cultures and beliefs harmonize despite diversity. It would provide the right platform to carry forward the mission envisaged by SIOP-ASIA - promoting optimal standards of care for children and young people with cancer across nations sans boundaries, especially in the context of the Asian Continent. Let the dreams flourish and actualize in the “City of Dreams”!
Welcome to Mumbai! Welcome to India!