International Homeopathy Day 2011
International Symposium on Homeopathic Medicine
Zagreb/Croatia, 24 March 2011
The Croatian Homeopathic Medical Society (CHMS), the European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH) and the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI) jointly organized a very successful International Symposium on Homeopathic Medicine in Zagreb/Croatia on 24 March 2011 to celebrate the International Homeopathy Day and to promote public and medical community's awareness of homeopathy in Croatia. LMHI and ECH representatives gave lectures about different aspects of medical homeopathy and provided political support in meetings with Croatian Health Care officials. Among the national speakers were Prof. Dr. sc. Damir Žubčić from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Zagreb University, Ines Buhač, mr. ph., Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry at Zagreb University. Also present were Mirjana Lerman from the Croatian Ministry of Health and Social Care, and Ivan Žokalj, M.D., President of the Croatian Medical Chamber Working Group for Complementary Medicine Regulation. The symposium was hosted by Dr. Jelka Milić, President of the Croatian Homeopathic Medical Society and the LMHI's National Vice President for Croatia. LMHI and ECH officials held meetings with Croatian health policy officials to support and strengthen the position of the Croatian homeopathic colleagues. The personal presence and suppport of LMHI and ECH representatives for "younger" homeopathic associations has - once again - proven a powerful and important tool. LMHI Past-President Dr. Fischer reported that the respect towards the Croatian colleagues grew "wherever we showed up" and added that "in these projects, the LMHI fullfills really its purpose of developing and securing homeopathy worldwide - as described in its statutes. The International Homeopathy Day took place for the second time, in 2010 it was held in Slovenia. The LMHI plans to continue holding the International Homeopathy Day in different countries.
Report on the International Homeopathy Day 2011 - by Dr. Jelka Milić
The LMHI Executive Officers Dr. Ulrich D. Fischer (Past President), Dr. Yves Faingnaert (Treasurer) and Dr. Thomas Peinbauer (General Secretary), and ECH President Dr. Ton Nicolai provided support and their help as representatives of the international and of the European homeopathic medical society. More than 120 people participated in the International Symposium on Homeopathic Medicine organized by CHMS President Dr. Jelka Milić, the LMHI's National Contact Person for Croatia, and her homeopathic colleagues. The working languages were Croatian and English, simultaneous interpretation was provided. The International Symposium was moderated by Sanja Hrvojević Beganović.
The topics and lectures covered international aspects of homeopathy (LMHI and ECH), as well as specific Croatian aspects, in particular in regard to national legislation, registration of homeopathic remedies, and the homeopathic edcuation of Medical Doctros (MDs). Dr. Peinbauer gave a presentation about "Homeopathy in Austria", pharmacology and even the collaboration between the veterinarian faculty of Zagreb and the homeopathic MD´s.
Before and after the symposium, the LMHI and ECH officials held meetings with representatives from the Croatian Ministry of Health, from the national Drug and Medical Products Agency as well as the Croatian Medical Chamber's Working Group for CAM Legislation. These meetings took place in a positive and encouraging atmosphere, strenthening the position of the Croatian homeopathic colleagues.
Developing and Securing Homeopathy Worldwide
The International Homeopathy Day took place for the second time, in 2010 it was held in Slovenia. The personal presence and suppport of LMHI and ECH representatives for "younger" associations in homeopathically emerging countries has - once again - proven a powerful and important tool. LMHI Past-President Dr. Fischer reported that the respect towards the Croatian colleagues grew "wherever we showed up" and added that "in these projects, the LMHI fullfills really its purpose of developing and securing homeopathy worldwide - as described in its statutes. The LMHI plans to continue holding the International Homeopathy Day in different countries.
During the last 200 years, homeopathy has proven itself as a safe and effective medical method. In addition to this fact, homeopathy is less expensive than conventional medicine treatment. In 1997, the European Commission established that more than 100 million, representing more than 22 percent of all European citizens, had recourse to homeopathy. The World Health Organization (WHO) placed homeopathy among five most often used non-conventional medical methods in the world. In a majority of EU Member States (with the exception of Slovenia and Sweden) homeopathy is part of regular medical practice carried out by physicians.
Zakljuci radne grupe za rjesavanje pitanja komplementarne medicine u Hrvatskoj - Conclusions of the Working Group for Complementary Medicine, adopted by the Croatian Medical Chamber and published in its official journal Lijecnicke Novine, February 2011 (in Croatian language)
http://www.monitor.hr/ (Hrvatska integrira homeopatiju u medicinski sustav - Croatia is integrating homeopathy into offical health care system)