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Report of the 9th ICMM Pan African Congress on Military Medicine

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9th ICMM Pan African Congress
on Military Medicine

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
September 25 to 27, 2012

Report

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Report of the 9th ICMM Pan African Congress on Military Medicine

The 9th Congress of the Regional Panafrican Working Group of the International Committee of Military Medicine has been held in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) from 2012 September 25 to 27. Besides an important participation from the host country, one could observe the presence of several delegations from Cameroon, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Gabon, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan and Tunisia.

The main theme of the Congress was: “Military medicine and African important threats”.

An important number of communications was dedicated to the management of HIV/AIDS pandemics in African Armed Forces.

Besides statistic and descriptive presentation, one could notice some original initiatives which might be once more conducted in other countries and which contents fitted perfectly with the fundamental spirit of ICMM.

Some communications were related to the rescue after blowing of the ammunition depot in Brazzaville, 2012, March 4.

This experience of mass casualties and rescue teams provided by some friend countries fitted also well with the spirit of the committee.

A round table on malaria brought together several experts and led to the conclusion that this was a real issue for some African forces during operation and that efforts had to be done with the aim of identifying cases, epidemiological survey and drawing up an action program.

Regional assembly: the issue of the difference between the panafrican committee of military medicine and the ICMM panafrican regional working group has been addressed and clarified.

A concept plan for the ongoing two years has been defined:
1. Identify a priority: the chosen theme has been diabetes and hypertension in African forces.
2. Mind about a course aiming to improve military African authors’ knowledge in methodology and skill in scientific communication.

A call has been launched for the organization of the next congress. Participants decided to wait for confirmation from a French speaking country and in the same time to wait for the answer of English speaking countries which were absent in the congress.

The congress ended with a gala diner with entertainment from groups of typical African singers and dancers.

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