New Delhi, November 20: The five-day 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) has been started under the guidance of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS). The theme of this 42nd World Congress is Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead. This event is first time organized in India.
About 350-400 foreign representatives from 80 countries are attending the event. In addition, around 300 Indian emissaries including Armed Forces Medical, Dental, Nursing and Veterinary Officers are partaking in it. Top Indian scientific institutions, MoD, Ministry of Health, the United Nations and the International Committee of Red Cross are also represented at the Meeting.
The 26 thematic sessions of the meeting cover the miscellaneous areas including Terrain Specific Military Medical Support, Health Protection and Promotion in the Military Environment, Combat Medical Support, and Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief. The other high points of the meeting are the workshops conducted by the international faculty on the management of mass casualties, barrier nursing for hemorrhagic fevers and medical ethics in military medicine. Also, the Panel discussions on women in combat, medical disability benefits, veterans’ health and health screening of recruits are also planned.
On November 24, 2017, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind will address the representatives during the valedictory function. The ICMM is a global inter-governmental body created in 1921 with its secretariat at Brussels in Belgium and currently has 112 nations as members. Also, it is the largest medical conference ever organized by the AFMS.