Turkish Society of Spa Medicine and Balneology
Turkish Society of Spa Medicine and Balneology was established in 1963 with a multidisciplinary quality and scientific foundation. Activities carried out include the evaluation of Turkey’s richest balneological resources to be used in hot spring cures and the scope of healthy living both scientifically and economically and to engage in efforts to help develop hot spring Medicine and Balneology as a medical discipline at both national and international levels.
Continuously active for over 50 years, the Association has either actualized or provided the support for Hot Springs Medicine and Balneology to scientifically develop in Turkey and to be recognized by wide scientific communities by organizing a series of national and international congresses and symposiums. Biannually, the National Hot Springs Medicine and Balneology Congresses and in addition, basic training courses are organized in Hot Springs Medicine and Medical Sciences.
With relation to the consultancy efforts of the Hot Springs facility, Medical Ecology and Hydro climatology expertise and related academic, entity and economic rights, and medical specialties bylaw efforts are among the Association’s activities.
The Association continues its activities under the presidency of Prof. Dr. M. Zeki KARAGÜLLE.
The Association’s contact information…
Millet caddesi No:126, 34390 İstanbul / Turkey
Tel. 0212 5333255
Fax. 0212 5318904
İstanbul Üniversitesi, İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi Medical Ecology and Hydroclimatology Department
A discipline of clinic medicine studying the effects of exposure to different ecological conditions and elements on human organism specifically including physicochemical qualities such as water (thermal, mineral, standard), mud (peloide) gas (carbon-dioxide, radon, hydrogen sulfur) and climate (sunlight, oxygen and ozone) and utilizing beneficial and curing effects of thereof as well as balneologic, pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and natural treatment methods for health protection, wellness or treatment and rehabilitation.
History of Medical Ecology and Hydroclimatology Department
In the years following the University Reform in 1933, Atatürk bequeathed the establishment of a unit studying thermal spa treatment, balneotherapy and climatherapy in İstanbul Faculty of Medicine and Dr. Nihat Reşat Belger, his personal physician, to become the founding director of such unit. Specialized on Internal Diseases, Gastroenterology and Hydroclimatology in France, Dr. Belger was the Physician of Plombieres Thermal Spa between 1930 and 1938.
The resolution of the Cabinet to establish a Hydroclimatology Chair in İstanbul University School of Medicine, upon the will of Atatürk, was legislated and came into force upon being published in the Official Journal on November 28th, 1938.
The chair has continued its studies with expanding academic staff until 1975 when it was renamed Medical Ecology and Hydroclimatology Chair. It helped in accumulation of vast knowledge on physiochemical properties of the thermal and mineral waters in our country and treatment indications and possibilities of thermal spa.
In 1982 the chair has been renamed “Medical Ecology and Hydroclimatology Department” with Board of Higher Education Law. Currently Medical Ecology and Hydroclimatology discipline is a discipline of clinic medicine studying the effects of exposure to different ecological conditions and elements on human organism specifically including physicochemical qualities such as water (thermal, mineral, standard), mud (peloide) gas (carbon-dioxide, radon, hydrogen sulfur) and climate (sunlight, oxygen and ozone) and utilizing beneficial and curing effects of thereof as well as balneologic, pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and natural treatment methods for health protection, wellness or treatment and rehabilitation.
Turkish Spa Thalasso and Health Resorts Association
Since its establishment, the Turkish Spas Thalasso and Health Resorts Association (TURKAP) has been a sectoral organization trying to gather spa, thalasso and other health resorts and wellness facilities in Turkey under a parent roof. The NGO representing this sector at the European Union level, is the European Spa Association (ESPA), which has an international position as a member.
TURKAP goals are as follows;
- To help protect the spa, thalasso and health resorts mutual gain and help strengthen them both financially and emotionally in an organized manner.
- To modernize the facilities and put in efforts to help increase the quality standards.
- To internationally introduce the facilities in Turkey, starting with Europe; to become active within ESPA to do this, and to cooperate with international spa and thalasso sector representatives,
- To provide support for the methods employed at the spa and support the provision of additional methods offered scientifically, and to employ the necessary personnel with the appropriate education at the facility.
- To encourage European investors, business operators and member businesses to come together to establish a new a quality facility.
- In the year 2000, the sector’s leading hot springs, spa and thalasso centers came together and established our association. In the past 9 years, as a result of the increasing number of certified spas and new investments, the number of hot spring/spa and thalasso centers have increased rapidly. Because of this rapid Development, the necessity of sector organization, in terms of all shareholders, carries great importance.
- As our country continues to negotiate with the European Union, having an organization of its sector entering the European Union that is strengthening nationally and representing the entire sector will bring protection of our mutual gains in every platform and effectiveness to the facilities in terms of product-service-introductions.
EUROPEAN SPAS ASSOCIATION (ESPA)
With the challenging living conditions and aging population structure Europeans are gradually becoming more and more conscious on the subject of “healthy living”. This condition brings along new searches and efforts in European Health System and top quality service understanding in health. In this context, Spas and Health Centers cover an important area and associates factors of support, prevention and treatment with one another when health of individuals is in question.
European Spas Association (ESPA) accommodates more than 1200 spa and health center member institution affiliated to 25 federations and total of 22 countries under its roof. Besides the health services they provide our members carry out very serious economic operations for the regions that they are found in.
While spending effort in resolving the problems of its members, European Spas Association intends to improve and/or assure European Union Standards in spas and cure centers at the same time. Its other assignment is to insure the formation of Spa-Client relationships on a much more transparent and even ground and employ flow of information.
As result of successful operations, European Spas Association recently improved its statues significantly in economic terms before EU. Strong bilateral relationships have been established with members of European Parliament and European Commission and as the result of these operations ESPA became an important partner institution of EU.
In the context of these developing relationships; it is possible for our members to avail economically. Due to the improved communication network of Spas Association our members are quickly informed of new ideas, concepts and creative innovations in this field. This condition offers chances of new cooperation and extension to all our members. Developments in connection with EU projects, investment incentives, regulation, new trends and certification are among the other services we offer to our members.
Main Goals of European Spas Association:
- Observe and analyze the conditions of spas and health centers in member countries,
- Employ flow of information, experience and application among members,
- Generate and develop treatment and wellness programs for everyone living in Europe; form new strategies in areas of prevention and treatment,
- Form, promote and develop standards of all spas and cure centers in Europe,
- Execute and have executed scientific researches in Area of Spas,
- Form educational programs and courses for assurance of formation of a professional infrastructure in the European Spas Industry,
- Form a participative marketing platform to its members.