Ottawa medical specialists head to Egypt and Syria Both Egypt and Syria are facing deadly conflicts Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:32 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 30, 2013 3:00 PM ET Video Two Ottawa medical specialists are preparing to help some of the people hardest hit by the violence in Egypt and Syria, two countries facing deadly conflicts. David Cain, a flight paramedic with 19 years of experience in war-zones and disaster areas paired up with Dr. Mohamed Omar, who directs FMTCC, a training and consultancy agency for doctors. The two will start in Egypt and make their way to Syria. The fighting in Syria has taken a devastating human toll, with the UN estimating that more than 100,000 people have been killed. The idea to go to the two countries started out just last week and the pair have already received more than $50,000 worth of medical supplies. David Cain, on the left, and Dr. Mohamed Omar are heading to Egypt and Syria. CBC Ambulance donated Among the supplies donated to the pair are ventilators, breathing masks, injections to counteract the effects of chemical weapons and an ambulance. “It’s incredible to see. It makes me very proud to be a Canadian,” said Cain. “We know that it’s going to reach the people who are most needy,” he said. Omar moved to Canada from Egypt eight years ago and said he didn’t expect to get so many donations in such a short period of time. “Everybody here in Canada try (sic) to help any people any where in the world, so living here is very nice,” said Omar. They plan on leaving in the fall.
Canada to Host World’s Medical Specialists
The beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C. will welcome the world’s dermatology community as it hosts the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology in 2015. The Canadian Dermatology Association is delighted by the announcement that delegates at the 22nd World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) in Seoul voted to see the largest conference of dermatologic specialists come to Canada. Other locations that were in the running to the host the 23rd WCD included Rome, Vienna, Istanbul and Bangalore. “The Vancouver Bid Committee has worked tirelessly over the last three years attending countless dermatology meetings and strengthening international relationships in order to put a face to the Canadian bid,” says Dr Ian Landells, CDA President. The theme for the Vancouver WCD will be A Global Celebration of Dermatology and will mark the first time the conference has ever been held in Canada. To encourage participation from dermatologists around the globe, the Committee established a comprehensive scholarship program targeted at dermatologists and trainees from developing countries who might otherwise be unable to attend. “Vancouver is a dynamic, multicultural city in a spectacular natural environment and we’re honoured our colleagues around the world elected to use it as the setting for the 2015 World Congress of Dermatology,” says Dr Jerry Shapiro, Vancouver Bid Committee President. Canada’s dermatologists and their supporters will be taking time to celebrate this well-earned victory at the WCD Gala in Seoul before returning home to begin planning for the 2015 WCD. About CDA The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents Canadian dermatologists. The association exists to advance the science and art of medicine and surgery related to the health of the skin, hair and nails; provide continuing professional development for its members; support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of healthy skin, hair and nails. For further information: