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

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REPORT OF THE 9th ICMM PAN-AMERICAN CONGRESS
ON MILITARY MEDICINE

Vina Del Mar, Chile
14-16 November 2018

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REPORT OF THE 9th ICMM PAN-AMERICAN CONGRESS ON MILITARY MEDICINE

The ninth Regional Congress on Military Medicine of the Pan-American Regional Working Group of the ICMM was organized from the 14th to the 16th of November 2018 in Valparaiso, Chile, by the Chilean Navy.

The theme of this Pan American Regional Congress was "The Armed Forces Facing Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance".

290 people participated in this Regional Congress, coming from 12 countries, including 8 member countries of the Pan American Regional Working Group (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela).

The presentations were mainly testimonies of recent assistance by the Armed Forces (Chilean and others) in response to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and even the rescue of a group of Chilean miners trapped in a collapsed mine.

In addition, several Chilean organizations, having the task to deploy civilian and military resources in the event of a disaster, have been presented. The role of the military medical structures has been highlighted very well.

In parallel with these presentations, a workshop on maxillofacial surgery and dental care in the Chilean Armed Forces was organized. This workshop was a real success.

During the Regional Assembly of the Pan-American Regional Working Group it was decided that the next, the tenth Pan-American Regional Congress on Military Medicine will be organized in 2020 by Chile.

The opening ceremony took place in the Marine Museum of Valparaiso. This museum was in the past a training centre for naval officers. During this opening ceremony, chaired by the Chief of the Navy, Admiral Julio LEIVA MOLINA, the participants listened to the speeches of the Secretary General of the ICMM and of the Director of Health of the Chilean Navy, Chairman of the Committee of Directors of Health of the Chilean Armed Forces. The music band of the Chilean Navy presented finally a very popular musical program. The evening ended with a reception.

During the closing ceremony on Friday afternoon, November 16, 2018, the participants of the Congress could enjoy very beautiful authentic Chilean folk dances evoking the different regions of Chile.

The reception after the closing ceremony gave the participants of the ninth Regional Congress of Military Medicine of the Pan-American Regional Working Group of the ICMM the opportunity to discuss with each other and to strengthen bonds of friendship.