Letter from Vibha Krishnamurthy, MD
President, International Developmental Pediatrics Association Congress, 2017

Dear Colleagues

It is with great pride and pleasure that I invite you to Mumbai, India for the Second International Developmental Pediatrics Association Congress from 7th to 10th December 2017. The second congress is being held in early December to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd).

For many of us, the First International Developmental Pediatrics Congress in Istanbul in 2015 felt like ‘coming home’ – we were part of an international platform where professionals working in the field of child development and disability from all over the world could share ideas, experiences and research. We experienced the incredible coming together of over 600 professionals from 57 countries! The International Developmental Pediatric Association (IDPA) formed then and Ummeed Child Development Center are now hosting the second IDPA Congress in Mumbai, India in 2017.

The theme of the Mumbai 2017 Congress is ‘A World of Difference’ – we will explore the continuum of developmental differences in childhood, children at risk and children with disabilities. Once again we will come together to try and bridge the gaps in policy, practice and research that exist between low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and high-income countries (HICs). The First International Developmental Pediatrics Congressmade it amply clear that there is a wealth of experience and knowledge in LMICs as well as HICs that can serve to bridge this gap, and we hope that at IDPA Congress 2017 there will be a rich sharing of these across disciplines.

The theme of the 2017 Congress also represents International Developmental Pediatric Association’s strong belief in the value of interdisciplinary teams and family centered care. We invite professionals from all disciplines involved in supporting children and families including pediatrics, family medicine, public health, child mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, child development and education, early intervention, special education, social services, to come and share their passion, knowledge, experience and research at this exciting international platform.

IDPA and Ummeed Child Development Center invite you to experience the warmth of India at the 2nd International Developmental Pediatrics Association Congress in December 2017. We look forward to welcoming you in Mumbai!

Vibha Krishnamurthy
President, International Developmental Pediatrics Association Congress, 2017


Registrations for the event can be made here.