The WSPID is a confederation of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (PID) societies. The WSPID aspires to create a global network of national and international PID societies for exchange of information and knowledge between the societies. This may foster collaborations among PID specialists from all over the world.




World Congress - WSPID 2013
The WSPID is a non-profit organization, which holds a biennial scientific congress. The 1st World Congress for Pediatric Infectious Diseases was in Central America (Acapulco, Mexico) in 1996, the 2nd in East Asia (Manila, Philippines) in 1999, the 3rd in South America (Santiago de Chile, Chile) in 2002, the 4th in Europe (Warsaw, Poland) in 2005. the 5th in South East Asia (Bangkok, Thailand) in 2007 and the 6th in South America (Argentina) in 2009 and the 7th in Australia (Melbourne) in 2009. The 8th World Congress is planned in South Africa, Cape Town in 2013.
The World Congress brings PID specialists together and permits them to meet each other and to exchange science and knowledge. This may contribute to improvement in prophylaxis and treatment of infectious diseases of children throughout the world.

History
The World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID) was founded in 1994 as an initiative of some members of the Latin American Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Napoleon Gonzalez Saldana from Mexico was the first president. He organized the first World Congress in 1996 in Acapulco, Mexico.

Membership
The six leading PID societies in the world (Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (USA), European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Asian Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Infectiologia Pediatrica, Australasian Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Nigeria Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases) form the core of the Confederation.