Message from the ECH General Secretary

Dear colleagues,

The Symposium “Homeopathy in the 21st Century”, jointly organised by ECH, IAVH and the Association of Homeopathic Physicians in Bulgaria, was a great success. It was attended by more than 400 medical doctors, veterinarians and pharmacists from 27 countries.

The lectures and presentations discussed the integration of conventional and homeopathic medicine and showed practical examples. Dr Gheeta Krishnan Gopalakrishna Pillai, Technical Officer at the Traditional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine Unit at the World Health Organization presented the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023.

The Symposium that took place in Sofia on 17 and 18 November was preceded by Workshops on Research and Provings, a Veterinarian Seminar and the ECH General Assembly. The General Assembly elected Dr Tiziana di Gampietro as new Research Coordinator and re-elected Dr Sara Eames, as Vice-president, Dr Arlette Blanchy, as Treasurer and Dr Ilse Muchitsch, as Pharmacy Coordinator.

The press conference attracted many journalists from both the health and mainstream press. The Bulgarian media published interviews with Dr Raj K. Manchanda, Director General of the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy of India, Dr Hélène Renoux, ECH President, Dr Edward de Beukelaer, IAVH President and Dr Sigrid Kruse from the University Children’s Hospital in Munich.

The Symposium was accredited by the Bulgarian Medical Board, the Bulgarian Medical Association and the Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Union.

We are very grateful to the Association of Homeopathic Physicians in Bulgaria, and specially to Dr Dora Pachova, Chairperson of the Association, for the great amount of time and effort devoted to make this Symposium a success.

We are also grateful to all speakers and participants, specially to the big number of Bulgarian general practitioners and specialists that attended the Symposium, because they showed that homeopathy can help to improve quality of care, patients’ safety and cost-benefit in health care.

Dr Jaume Costa

ECH General Secretary

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