Another good news comes from the academic staffs of Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (FMUI). Prof. Dr. dr. Aman Pulungan, Sp.A(K), FAAP, FRCPI (Hon.), Professor of Pediatrics FMUI has been elected as International Pediatric Association (IPA) Executive Director Term 2021-2023.
IPA is an international organization representing pediatricians from more than 140 countries. Since its foundation in 1910 from Paris, France, the organization has developed into a non-governmental organization (NGO) with membership from professional societies of pediatricians in national, regional, and international level. Nowadays, IPA is working together with World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to advocate numerous issues regarding child health all around the world.
“I wish we could reduce inequalities and no one should be left behind” said Prof. Aman in his Instagram account @amanpulungan at May 18, 2021.
Dean FMUI, Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, Sp.PD-KGEH, MMB, congratulates Prof. Aman for his achievement. “Good luck for Prof. Aman in his upcoming tenure in IPA. I wish his leadership well to ensure that all children in the world can have their right to grow, develop, and fulfill their potential.”
Prof. Aman is an academic staff in Department of Pediatric, FMUI. He earned his Medical Doctor degree in Universitas Sumatera Utara, then he completed his specialist, sub-specialist, and doctoral degree in FMUI. Currently, he served as president of Indonesian Pediatric Society and Asia Pacific Pediatric Association.
His expertise in pediatric endocrinology, especially regarding diabetes mellitus, obesity, growth disorders, and stunting led him to be inaugurated as Professor on March 2021. During his inauguration speech, he explained about stunting in Indonesia, which he regardss as multifactorial problem that need to involve medical, social, economic, political, and emotional aspect to solve it. In order to help resolve the overdiagnosis of stunting and underweight problem due to the use of WHO and CDC reference growth charts that are not suitable for the Indonesian children, Prof. Aman and his colleagues have compiled the National Growth Reference Chart, which can be used as a reference for pediatricians and general practitioners throughout Indonesia.
(Public Relation FKUI)