Enuresis clinic in China
Shanghai Children's Medical Center (SCMC) is maintaining professional relationships with leading medical centers in the U.S.A., England and Israel. Specialists and experts are visiting SCMC for the purpose of training and teaching the local professional staff.
17 million people live in the Shanghai area. SCMC provides medical services to children in this area.
During his visit to Israel, Dr. Shen, SCMC Director, met Dr. Sagie in his hospital clinic. He became acquainted with Dr. Sagie's unique treatment model for Enuresis and showed great interest.
Upon Dr. Shen's request, Dr. Sagie was sent to China by the Israeli Foreign Ministry and by Project Hope (American aid health organization for developing countries) in order to build infrastructure and to train the local doctors for operating an enuresis clinic in SCMC.
Dr. Sagie stayed in Shanghai two weeks and trained 5 pediatricians of the Child Development Dept. headed by Prof. Xingming Jin.
The program application was complex and complicated. Knowledge in Western Child Psychology did not exist and it was needed to start with the basic concepts in order to understand our treatment model.
Beyond this, there are substantial differences in mentality and culture. In China, they hardly use diapers. The child's pants have a large hole through which he can urinate. Most mothers work and the children are raised by the grandmothers. The birth control law which forbids married couples to give birth to more then one child creates a special attitude toward the child and parents invest great resources in his upbringing. This law is enforced decisively with severe penalties.
During his visit, Dr. Sagie treated Chinese enuretic children who appeared very disciplined. The parents found it difficult to accept that enuresis relates to deep sleep and not a medical problem. They insisted upon conducting comprehensive medical tests to rule out an organic factor.
Although traditional medicine still exists in China, there is great openness for western medicine. The Chinese pediatricians were highly motivated to learn despite the many difficulties.
In addition to the training program, Dr. Sagie conducted a seminar for 140 pediatricians from the Shanghai area. The seminar drew high interest and was covered widely by the media.