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Report of the 2nd ICMM Pan Asia Pacific Congress on Military Medicine


2nd ICMM Pan Asia Pacific Congress
on Military Medicine
Bangkok, Thailand
November 27-30, 2012





The 2nd Congress of the Asia Pacific Regional Working Group of the International Committee of Military Medicine has been held in Bangkok (Thailand) from 2012 November 27 to 30.

Besides the important participation from the host country, one could observe presence of several delegations had been sent from other countries of the Region: (Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore) and from other continents (Algeria, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey and the United States of America).

The scientific committee had identified three leading themes in accordance with the priorities chosen by the RWG during his first meeting two years ago: Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, Emerging infectious diseases and Military health education and training. Some other communications were dedicated to Traditional Eastern medicine. Two partner organizations of ICMM, i.e. the World Health Organization and UNAIDS were present and reported on current issues relevant to the military. A great number of participants and speakers came from Phramongkutklao hospital and college of medicine (Thai forces) and from Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS).

The main topics in Infectious diseases were malaria, dengue, leptospirosis and scrub typhus. Communications upon disaster relief were related to the flooding of Bangkok, tsunami in Japan and earthquakes in China. Numerous presentations on different military medicine schools in the region led to the idea of interregional exchanges around this topic and this has been validated by the Regional assembly. A call has been launched for the organization of the next congress. Participants decided to wait for the answer of countries which were absent in the congress. The delegate of Brunei has confirmed that his country was candidate to be a new member state in ICMM. The exhibition of several commercial firms was well attended.

With this successful second regional congress, the Asia Pacific working group of ICMM has confirmed his dynamism. Scientific activities have been completed by a field exercise in which were jointed the resources of army, air force, navy police and civilian health services, very appreciated by assistance. Participants enjoyed too marvellous social events such as Loy Krathong festival downstream the river, tour in the ancient city of Ayutthaya and gala dinner which offered the opportunity to renew acquaintances and make new friends and useful contacts for future cooperation. They will keep the memory of an excellent scientific congress and of the admirable hospitality of Thai people.