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42nd WORLD CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF MILITARY MEDICINE (ICMM), NEW DELHI, INDIA, 19 to 24 NOV 2017

The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) will be organised by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 19th to 24th November 2017.

Introduction

ICMM

The International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) is an international intergovernmental organization created in 1921, with its Secretariat at Brussels, Belgium.

The primary mission of ICMM is to maintain and strengthen the bonds of cooperation and knowledge between the Armed Forces Medical Services of all Member States. It seeks to support cooperation between the different national health services, with due respect of national sovereignty and to offer its help in order to contribute to liaison and coordination during the humanitarian intervention of the Armed Forces in large scale disasters. The ICMM is recognized since 1952 by the World Health Organization as an “organization of an intergovernmental nature specialized in medico -military matters”.

ICMM members are States, not persons.  There are currently 112 member nations of the ICMM from all five continents. India has been a permanent member of the ICMM since 1949.

World Congress of ICMM

World Congresses of Military Medicine, under the Aegis of the ICMM, are events of great scientific and professional magnitude and are held biennially, the last being at Bali, Indonesia in the year 2015. The Indian Armed Forces Medical Services will be hosting the 42nd World Congress of the ICMM from 19 to 24 November 2017.

This is the first time that the event is being organised by India, and will also be the largest medical conference ever organised by the AFMS.

It is estimated that over 80 countries would be represented at the event which is likely to see 350 -400 foreign delegates from member nations of the ICMM converge at the National capital.

In addition to the above, about 300 Indian AFMS delegates (Medical, Dental, Nursing, and Veterinary) and a large number of invited eminent and renowned experts and researchers from top Indian institutions, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of health, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross would also be delegates at this conference Scientific Programme

Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead’ has been selected as the central theme of the 42nd World Congress in keeping with the changing global scenario and consequent challenges for the military medicine community worldwide.

Four broad subject areas  have been identified under this central theme of the Congress. These are, Terrain specific military medical support: challenges and solutions; Health protection and promotion in the military environment: experiences and best practices; Combat medical support: technological advances and implications; and Humanitarian aid and disaster relief: implications of a changing global scenario.

The congress will comprise 26 thematic scientific sessions covering the four broad subject areas mentioned above. Workshops on managing mass casualty situations, barrier nursing for haemorrhagic fevers and medical ethics in military medicine will be conducted by international faculty from Israel, Germany and Switzerland respectively. Panel discussions on ‘Women in combat: challenges for healthcare providers’, ‘Medical disability benefits’, ‘Veterans’ health’ and ‘Health screening of recruits’ will provide a platform for international and Indian experts to share experiences and deliberate on contemporary issues and challenges facing the armed forces worldwide.

The World Congress will also have plenary talks by leading national and international experts who would cover areas ranging  from innovations in field medical care, lessons learnt from the relief efforts after terrorist attacks, international collaborations  in military medicine and contribution of military medicine to the advancement Of health sciences over the years. A two hour session on humanitarian and disaster relief following natural calamities such as landslides and floods has also been planned. This session aims to share experiences and lessons learnt during relief operations in the aftermath of the floods in Chennai and Srinagar and the landslides in Uttarakhand.

The  delegates will visit the Military Medical Facility at Air Force Station Hindan, where they will see a display of a casualty air evacuation exercise and deployment of the Rapid Action Medical Team. Round table discussions on dental sciences, veterinary sciences, nursing and paramedical sciences and pharmacy also form a part of the scientific programme of the World Congress.

This landmark scientific event will be inaugurated by Dr Subhash R Bahamre, the Rakhsa Rajya Mantri of India on 20 November 2017.

The inaugural ceremony which would also be graced by the Service Chiefs and high ranking military and civil officials A scientific exhibition showcasing products relevant to Military Medicine from across the globe will be inaugurated by the Raksha Rajya Mantri. The General Assembly of the ICMM will be held during the World Congress.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will address the delegates during the Valedictory and closing ceremony.

Conclusion

The 42nd ICMM World Congress on Military Medicine, the largest professional meeting of military medicine experts globally, will be hosted for the first time in India from 19 to 24 Nov 2017. This landmark event being hosted by the Armed Forces Medical Services India will provide an excellent opportunity for all member nations of the ICMM to share and learn about best practices of military medicine, exchange ideas and foster bonds of cooperation in a rapidly changing global security environment.

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