Paraguay Chapter Holds Its Third Congress
Oct 11, 2017
The Asociación Paraguaya para el Estudio y Tratamiento del Dolor (APETD, Paraguayan Pain Society) held its third congress in mid-September in the country’s capital, Asuncion. Founded only seven years ago, APETD is the official IASP chapter in Paraguay.
More than 150 professionals working on various aspects of pain medicine attended the meeting. A particularly important group was that of physiotherapists who held a parallel session during one of the congress’s days. Two pre-congress workshops on interventionist techniques and on pain rehabilitation were also part of the program.
An important theme of the congress was pain after surgery, following the theme of the 2017 IASP Global Year. International speakers from Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and the UK added their expertise to an already packed program that included many local speakers.
The APETD is an excellent example of a multidisciplinary and active chapter that is contributing to spread the IASP message in a region of Latin America where pain medicine is still in need of support. This congress shows the chapter’s vitality and the local interest in advancing the study and treatment of pain in Paraguay.
Pictured below are organizers and speakers at the Paraguay congress. From left to right: Dr. Graciela Elizeche, founder of APETD and organizer of the congress; Dr. Juan Andres Lopez (Colombia), Dr. Adrian Spatola (Argentina), Dr. Fernando Cervero (UK), Dr. Gustavo Blanco (Argentina), and Dr. Ulises Urbieta (President of APETD).