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Report of the 11th Congress of the Regional Pan-African Working Group of the ICMM

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REPORT OF THE 11th CONGRESS OF THE REGIONAL PAN-AFRICAN WORKING GROUP OF THE ICMM

Dakar, Senegal

11-13 May 2018

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REPORT OF THE 11th CONGRESS OF THE REGIONAL PAN-AFRICAN WORKING GROUP OF THE ICMM


The 11th congress of the regional Pan-African working group of the International committee of military medicine has been held in Dakar (Senegal) from 2018 May 11 to 213. Besides an important participation from the host country, one could remark the presence of several delegations from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia.

This congress has been organized together with the yearly meeting of Dakar military hospital. The main topic of the ICMM congress was “Military medicine facing new threats”. We had the opportunity to listen several communications about lessons learned from deployments of forces from different African countries on the continent during peacekeeping operations. Some others were related to terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 as an example of mass casualties’ management. One symposium was organized around the topic: “Defence and security forces coping with VIH/SIDA infection”.

During the regional assembly it has been decided that the objectives for next years will be:
1- Building a network within the pan-African working group, with effective points of contact.
2- Recording all relevant activities organized in the region and which might be open to African countries: congresses, meetings, training courses, research programs.
3- Foster exchanges and international participation through announcements using the ICMM website facility and newsletters.
4- Some still existing activities have been reminded such as courses organized in Tunisia (LOAC course, Medical support in desert environment, Water management, Medical publications and Tropical medicine congress). The Senegal delegate and Chairman of the RWG underlined the training on medical preparedness before deployment existing in the Thies training center.

We had several proposals for the next Pan-African working group meeting and congress. We are waiting for confirmation from an English speaking country. Definitive decision should be taken within one month.

All these activities took place in a very pleasant atmosphere due to the work of the organizing committee and the legendary Senegalese hospitality.