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Report of the 2nd Pan-arab Regional Congress of Military Medicine

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2nd Pan-Arab Regional
Congress of Military Medicine


Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

4-9 December, 2010

Report


Report of the 2nd Pan Arab Regional Congress of Military Medicine

Place : Hotel Hilton, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dates : 4 to 9 December 2010.
ICMM Delegation : Dr Jacques SANABRIA (ICMM Secretary General), Major General (MD, ret.) Marcel MERLIN (Chairman of the ICMM Scientific Council) et Mr Paul ZABOURI (ICMM Director of Communication).
Chairman of the Congress : Major General (MD) Ketab Eid AL OTAIBI, Director of the Saudi Armed Forces Health Service

Program
Saturday 4 December: registration (1880 participants), Round Tables, Workshops and Icebreaking Cocktail.
Sunday 5 December: Opening Ceremony, Opening Exhibition Forum, first Scientific Session and Dinner for Heads of Delegation.
Monday 6 December: Scientific Sessions, Posters Exhibition, Regional Assembly and Cultural Night.
Tuesday 7 December: Religious, Cultural and Tourism Activities.
Wednesday 8 December: Scientific Sessions, Posters Exhibition and Gala Dinner.
Thursday 9 December: last Scientific Session, Closing Ceremony and Departure.

Participants
Delegations from Member States of the ICMM Pan Arab Regional Working Group (RWG): Algeria, Bahrain, Comoro Islands, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Representatives of ICMM Member States not belonging to the ICMM Pan Arab RWG: Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Observers that are not ICMM Member States: Islamic Republic of Iran, Oman, Palestine, Qatar.

Scientific Activities
a) Scientific Themes of the Congress
Armed Forces Health Protection; Medical Support in Combat Environment; Humanitarian Missions; Field Administrative Activities.

b) Scientific Sessions
From 120 abstracts received by the Congress Scientific Committee, 99 had been accepted for oral presentations. 79 speakers, coming from 19 countries, delivered lectures of high quality. Among 80 other abstracts submitted to the Congress Scientific Committee, 75 were accepted for posters exhibition in three languages (English, French and Arabic).
The Price of the Best Oral presentation was awarded to Captain (MD) Majid S. Al-THAQAFI (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) for his study entitled: "Pattern of Hepatitis B virus among Military Personnel in Saudi National Guard, their Knowledge, Concern and Sero-immunity Profile". The Price of the Best Poster was awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel (MD) Riadh ALLANI (Republic of Tunisia) for his study entitled: "The Tunisian Military Health Service: Humanitarian assistance and overseas operations during the last two decades".

c) Round Tables
Five Round Tables addressed the following fields of activity: Dentistry; Veterinary Sciences; Pharmacy; Education and Training; Administration and Logistics.

d) Workshops
In the same time than Round Tables, 3 Workshops were addressing the following topics: Evidence Based Medicine; Research Methodology; Veterinary Science.

Regional Assembly
Major General (MD) Ketab Eid Al OTAIBI chaired the 2nd Regional Assembly of the ICMM Pan Arab RWG.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), relating to the use of Arabic language as working language of the Pan Arab RWG, aside the two official languages of the ICMM (English and French), was signed.
The principle of writing a regulation of internal order (RIO) for the RWG was approved.
Discussions relating to education and training regional activities organized under the aegis of the ICMM have started and will be pursued.
Exchanges concerning the 3rd Pan Arab Regional Congress of Military Medicine’s Host Country ended in a list of 5 potential candidates. The name of this country will be confirmed later, when agreed by the National Authorities.

Conclusion
The 2nd ICMM Regional Pan Arab Congress has been held in a magnificent environment.
The material setting up of the congress, the quality of translation for the scientific events, the cultural events and official dinners, the security conditions, the atmosphere of sharing and exchanging knowledge and experience, and the hospitality of the Host Country were absolutely remarkable. All the participants have appreciated the quality of the scientific presentations, and a lot of them will be published as articles in the International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services, official ICMM’s scientific journal.
This magnificent success underlines the rising role of the ICMM’s RWG in the development of our Committee’s scientific and technical activities.