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Outreach, Ad hoc Committee

The committee is chaired by

Kulwinder Dua (USA)

With regional co-chairs:


Lars Aabakken (Norway)

Middle East

Klaus Mergener (USA)

South America

Eduardo Hourneaux de Moura (Brazil)

Southeast Asia

Nonthalee Pausawasdi (Thailand)

The committee provides endoscopy access & training in developing countries and underserved areas of the African, Middle Eastern, South American and Southeast Asian regions.

Mission statement:

The mission of the WEO Outreach Committee is to promote collaboration between our affiliated GI and Endoscopy organizations in order to improve the quality and access to healthcare for patients in underserved regions.


Activities of the Outreach Committee include, however are not limited to the following:
– Identify, establish, and collaborate with WEO Outreach centers
– Promote, utilize, and further develop innovative telemedicine platforms and digital health technologies for education, research, and patient care
– Investigate opportunities for collaboration in the field of telegastroenterology and remote diagnostic services

The Outreach Committee was established in 2009 to specifically address the needs in underdeveloped regions. The committee is comprised of approximately 30 members with multifaceted background. The committee understands the specific needs in developing and/or low resource areas and strives to address, overcome and possibly benefit from the particular circumstances.

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