Esteemed Colleagues,

Welcome to International Pediatric Association.

It is my pleasure to address all of you as your President. Since our last Congress in Vancouver we have been actively engaged in heightening the IPA profile internationally. In our first year, we welcomed an engaging and passionate group of physicians to the Executive and Standing Committees, adopted a decentralized model for IPA administration, and I am pleased to report that these changes have been successful. Our new infrastructure has allowed for more fluid collaborations and I we hope you have seen the impact of the initiatives we've championed. As part of our activities we have been working to increase our presence with regional and national societies as well as effective and frequent communication including the creation of a real time messaging platform.

To mobilize our presence in-country the IPA has partnered with regional ministries, NGOs and academic partners to lead a series of workshops on Helping Babies Survive (HBS) and symposia on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We also launched and endorsed a number of advocacy statements addressing the pressing issue of conflict on child health. You can read our commentary on Children in War in the Lancet, and our engaged sub-committees also launched a statement on Violence against Children. To enhance our efforts across specialities, we have been working closely with Strategic Advisors on key areas of health, and are pleased to report these efforts have yielded enhanced capacity in training for front line workers in humanitarian disasters, the development and very soon the roll out of Training of Trainer (ToT) workshops on vaccine hesitancy, and upcoming joint collaboration workshops on violence against children and child rights. We are in the midst of planning a special Presidents' initiative to develop and discuss an IPA strategy for engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals across our regions and shall be holding a special planning session on this topic in Panama City next March.

As you can see, we have been very busy, and it is our hope that these activities continue to grow in the coming years and beyond. All IPA officers and support staff continue to go above and beyond and I owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.

I shall close by saying that our best efforts are made when we collectively work together for Every Child, Every Age, Everywhere. We look forward to seeing you in Panama in March 2019 where even more will be achieved.

Zulfiqar Bhutta
International Pediatric Association