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Report of the 8th Pan African Congress of Military Medicine

8th PAN AFRICAN CONGRESS OF MILITARY MEDICINE
Hôtel Président, Yamoussoukro (Republic of Côte-d'Ivoire)
26-29 October, 2010

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Report of the
8th Pan African Congress of Military Medicine

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The congress was held 26-29 October, 2010, in Yamoussoukro, just before the Presidential Elections. The decision to hold the congress in Yamoussoukro, the political capital, as opposed to Abidjan (the economic capital, 3 hours away by road) allowed those attending to enjoy a pleasant environment with high-standard accommodation. Around 200 people participated in the congress. Countries represented were: Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Guinea (Conakry), Mauritania, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and, of course, the host country Côte d'Ivoire.

The Opening Ceremony was presided by Mr. Bohoun BOUABRE, Minister, Ministry of Planning and Development, representing the President of the Republic and was attended by several military authorities.

The topics covered were: "Post-trauma psychology of the military and civilians", "Civil response of military health services in disaster situations", "HIV infection and military deployment" and "Free Communications". Presentations were given in the same hall, in sequence, with simultaneous translation into English. The decision was made to limit the number of topics, focusing on issues affecting the region, and the result of this was a good level of communication and interesting discussions. Several of the papers have been selected for publication as articles in the International Review of Armed Forces Medical Services. Three sessions of interactive poster presentations were also scheduled. There was a particularly interesting Round Table discussion organized by REMAFOC/SIDA (the West and Central Africa Military Network for Aids Control). This recent network, created in Dakar in 2008, is comprised of 22 West African countries. Its aim is to promote discussion of ideas and procedures between military health services involved in a program to fight AIDS, and the energy and motivation of the participants was remarkable.

During the congress, a meeting of the General Assembly of the Pan African Committee of Military Medicine (CPAMM) was held. This committee will be chaired for two years by General GUEHI, Head of the Armed Forces Medical Services of Côte d'Ivoire. The topics discussed were only of relevance to the committee, and the meeting should not be considered a replacement of the ICMM Pan African Regional Group Assembly, which did not take place. The country which will organize the 2010 congress has not yet been designated, but this should happen in the coming weeks.

Those attending the congress were given the opportunity at the end of the week to do some sightseeing in Yamoussoukro, visiting the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Paix and the palace of President Houphouët-Boigny. The success of this Regional Congress was largely due to the total involvement of the Armed Forces Medical Service of Côte d'Ivoire. We would like to thank our Ivoirian colleagues for being such good hosts and for their warm welcome, reflecting once again the tradition of this country.