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Report of the 4th ICMM Pan Arab Regional Working Group Congress on Military Medicine

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REPORT OF THE 4th ICMM PAN ARAB REGIONAL WORKING GROUP CONGRESS ON MILITARY MEDICINE

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Cente
/Dead Sea, Jordan

4th to 7th November 2014

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REPORT OF THE 4th ICMM PAN ARAB REGIONAL WORKING GROUP CONGRESS
ON MILITARY MEDICINE

 

The Congress was organized by Royal Medical Services of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn AL-HUSSEIN and under the aegis of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) during the period 4-7 November 2014 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center - Dead Sea - the lowest Point on Earth!

Chairman of the Congress
Major General Khalaf Al-Jader AL-SARHAN, M.D., Director General, Royal Medical Services, Jordanian Armed Forces.

Participants
Official military delegations from 28 states.
* Pan Arab Regional Working Group Delegations (PARWG): Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates.
* ICMM Member States Delegations: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, UK, USA.

* ICMM Observer Member States Delegation: Palestine

* ICMM Non-Member States Delegation: Djibouti

ICMM Delegation
Major General Saeed Bin Mohammed AL-ASMARY, M.D. (Saudi Arabia), Chairman of the ICMM; Major General (ret.) Roger VAN HOOF, MD. ICMM Secretary General; Major General Prof. (ret) Marc MORILLON, M.D., Chairman of the ICMM Scientific Council; Colonel Chris DEROUBAIX, ICMM Director of Finances; Mr. Paul ZABOURI, ICMM Director of Communication; Colonel (ret.) Johan CROUSE ICMM Legal Adviso; Adjudant-Major Ivan HOSTENS, ICMM Executive Secretary.

Themes of the Congress
1.         Refugees Health: When Military Medicine takes the lead.
2.         Humanitarian Missions: How we make it a success.
3.         Military Preventive Medicine: Mobilization and Deployment.
4.         Medical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Warfare.
5.         Acute Trauma & Emergency Medicine: the core of Military Medicine.
6.         Military Medical Ethics & Legal Issues.

Program of the Congress
* Tuesday 4 November 2014:
- Opening Ceremony at King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center
- Opening of the Medical Exhibition
- Reception
* Wednesday 5 November 2014: Composed of 5 Plenary Sessions
- ICMM - Military Medicine in Humanitarian Missions
- ICMM - Military Medicine and Refugees
- ICMM - Military Medicine in Deployment and Pre-Deployment
- ICMM - ICMM Related Lectures, Delegations Talks
- ICMM - Free Papers
- Meeting of the Regional Assembly
* Thursday 6 November 2014: 4 Plenary Sessions
- ICMM - Medical Aspects of Chemical
and Biological Warfare
- ICMM - Acute Trauma and Emergency Medicine
- ICMM - ICMM Related Lectures, Delegations Talks
- ICMM - Free Papers
- Closing Ceremony
* Friday 7 November 2014: Exercise: Medical Response to Chemical Weapons at King Abdulla II Special Forces Training Center (KASOTC).

Scientific Program
32 lectures by 21 lecturers from 10 different countries, all the speakers are member states of the ICMM and its regional working groups.
42 free paper presentations by speakers from 14 different countries with significant participation of the PARWG members.
The lectures and the free papers have fully covered the conference themes

Report of the 5th Regional Assembly of the Pan Arab Regional Working Group of the ICMM.

The national delegates of the member states discussed the agenda of the meeting and approved the following decisions:
1. Transferring the Chairmanship of the ICMM Pan Arab Regional Working Group for Military Medicine from the United Arab Emirates to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Major General Dr Khalaf Al-Jader AL-SARHAN, Director General of the Jordanian Royal Medical Services, was appointed as Chairman of the ICMM Pan Arab Regional Working Group for Military Medicine.
2. Colonel Dr. Asem AL-HIARI from Jordanian Royal Medical Services is appointed as the Regional Secretary of the ICMM Pan Arab Regional Working Group for Military Medicine.
3. Selecting the Member State which will host the 5th Regional Congress for Military Medicine of the Pan Arab RWG in 2016. As no member state was a candidate to host the next congress in 2016, the Chairman of the PARWG will contact the member states during the next year to look for a candidate member state.
4. The Member states will receive an updated and comprehensive list of liaison officers and coordinators through the Regional Secretary of the PARWG.
5. The PARWG Scientific Team will assume the following responsibilities:
• Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: Scientific team Assistant Chief for training Affairs.
• Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Scientific Team Assistant Chief for Scientific Research Affairs.
6. PARWG Member States consensus on a unified Continuous Medical Education (CME) system for each scientific activity held by any member state; a meeting in Jeddah - KSA will be held to to discuss the procedure.
7. PARWG State Members supported the continuous update of the website of the Pan Arab RWG and appreciated the efforts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the establishment and the maintenance of the website. UAE was asked to continue the management of the website. Updates will be provided in coordination with the Regional Secretary of the PARWG.

Honorary Awards:
The 5 Recognition Shields
- Brig Gen (ret) Mohammad Sabeel DANHANI MD, predecessor Commander of the UAE Medical Services Corps & the predecessor Chairman of the PARWG
- Staff Brig Gen Matar Saeed ALNUEIMI, Commander of the UAE Medical Services Corps & The predecessor Chairman of the PARWG for Military Medicine
- Col (ret) Hussein Saleh AL MUSSABI MD, predecessor Regional Secretary of the PARWG for Military Medicine
- Honorary rewards presented for Médecin Général Maj Gen Abdelkader BENDJELLOUL MD, Direction Centrale des Services de Santé Militaire from Algeria & Maj Gen Khalid Bin Ahmad ALSAEDI MD, ICMM Delegate for Saudi Arabia, for their distinguished efforts and pioneer services to the PARWG.
Winning Papers Awards:
- Gold Medal: CAPT. Kevin RUSSELL, MD - USA: Use of the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics in the US Military
- Silver Medal: Col. Khalid AL SADOON, MD - KSA: Combat Related Acute Renal Failure: A Study on Risk Factors, Diagnosis and Management.
- Bronze Medal: Col. Mohammad Ali ZAUBI, MD - Jordan: Peacekeeping Psychiatry; is it different from military? Lessons from Jordanian Participation in Peacekeeping Operation.
- Cupper Medal: Lt Col. Saleh Saif Al ALI, MD - UAE: Military Trauma System: Urgent Need in the Region.
 Award from ICMM to Conference Organizers
- Maj Gen Khalaf AL JADER, M.D., Director General of the Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Chairman of the PARWG for Military Medicine
- Col Asem HIARI, M.D., Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Regional Secretary for the PARWG for Military Medicine.
- Col Rami AL MAJALI, M.D., Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Chief of Scientific Committee for the 4th ICMM PARWG Congress for Military Medicine.
- Lt Col Awni Abu LAIL, M.D., Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Organizing Committee for the 4th ICMM PARWG Congress for Military Medicine.
- Maj Hiam ESMEIRAN, R.N., Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Chairperson of the ICMM Commission on Nursing and Paramedics, Conference Secretary for the 4th ICMM PARWG Congress for Military Medicine.

International Organizations collaborating with the ICMM 4th PARWG Congress
The Congress have had received active participation from many International Organizations and Societies; such as: the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians, the World Federation of Hemophilia, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Spinal Cord Society, the National Arab American Medical Association, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Thomas Jefferson University, the US Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the US Military HIV Research Program, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the Mediterranean Task Force for Cancer Control, the International Diabetes Federation, the Sidra Medical and Research Center, and Ponseti International.

Conclusion.
It has been a great honor to receive the honorable military delegations participating in the 4th ICMM PARWG Congress and we extend our appreciation and gratitude to each delegate.

We have been very fortunate to have a large group of well known experts in their respective fields participating and exchanging their experiences, suggestions and opinions with decisions makers, practitioners and researchers from all over the world.

The Congress scientific program included various Military Medicine topics that have reflected the congress themes. The delegates involvement resulted in very successful forums, workshops, symposiums, and scientific sessions.

Significant number of scientific presentations will be published in the International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services. Scientific Knowledge was reflected through the live practical experience of the Medical Response to Chemical Weapons Exercise at King Abdulla II Special Forces Training Center (KASOTC).

Beyond the myriad of scientific activities, we hope that our delegates enjoyed their stay and our hospitality at the Dead Sea with it's warm weather and that they had the chance to explore some of the many other wonders of Jordan including Petra, the beautiful Rose City along with its stunning scenery and unique history.

We all believe we have achieved many goals and can state that this year’s conference has been a success.