November 19, 2021
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Forum Was Held
In order to further improve wound management in the Middle East and North Africa and the health of the people in these regions, and bring benefits to COVID patients with skin lesions, MEBO Group proposed MEBT doctor training initiative in 2020 ( No. 36733) to support medical personnel there during the pandemic. In July 2021, the initiative was incorporated into the UN Sustainable Development Goals Accelerated Action Platform to unleash its potential.
On November 17, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Forum organized by the International Society for Regenerative Medicine and Wound Repair was held. Doctors from the Middle East and other parts of the world were invited to share their thoughts and challenges they faced in wound management during COVID-19.
The forum was hosted by Wang Jiayao, Secretary-General of National Rongxiang Xu Foundation. The guests included Professor Jamil Halabi, a lecturer at the School of Medicine of University of Balamand in Lebanon and an expert in diabetic foot; Professor John Giurini, Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Foot Surgery at BIDMC Medical Center, Professor Rachna Jagia, Director of the Department of Dermatology in the Venkateshwar Hospital, and Professor Robert Kirsner, Director of the Department of Dermatology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, USA.
The first topic of the forum was "The challenges existing in wound treatment during the epidemic, and the strategies adopted to deal with these challenges." Professor Kirsner said that the biggest challenge was that patients were reluctant to seek treatment in hospital out of fear. Therefore, doctors must provide efficient treatment while ensuring patient safety. Professor Halabi pointed out that the shortage of medical staff and medical supply, as well as the medical staff’s fear of the COVID virus were three challenges his hospital faced.
Regarding the issue of “what are the good changes that can be implemented in the clinic after the pandemic”, Professor Giurini first mentioned that telemedicine was undoubtedly a very effective means of evaluating the condition of patients during COVID-19. Its role should not be underestimated after the pandemic, neither. Professor Jagia also mentioned the important role of telemedicine. She emphasized that it was necessary to share some knowledge on basic wound care with patients and their relatives.
"Whether our medical system will face greater challenges?" In response to this issue, Professor Giruini said that winter season had caused a rebound of COVID-19 in many places. Professor Halabi pointed out that in the face of a global pandemic, the establishment of an efficient multidisciplinary team would play a decisive role in dealing with public health emergencies.
COVID-19 has undoubtedly brought unprecedented challenges to our medical system and medical workers have persisted in searching for effective solutions to solve them and positive results have been achieved in many aspects. The invited guests at the forum also shared their efforts and achievements in fighting against the pandemic. Their experience is very valuable to medical workers around the world. It is believed that this forum will help further promote our efforts in realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.