Premier Indonesian medical conference commences

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Lt. Col. Michael Donnelly
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

Pandemic influenza, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster resiliency is discussed

JAKARTA, Indonesia — More than 350 delegates representing various nations poured in from the Pacific theater to attend the 20th Asia-Pacific Military Medicine Conference, May 3-7, here, in the country’s capital city. 

The theme of the conference is “Understanding Asia-Pacific Military Medical Issues Through Regional Cooperation and Collaboration.”

“We have a powerful program this year that I believe our international delegates will thoroughly enjoy and from which they will take home tangible benefits,” said Col. Joseph Pina, deputy surgeon for U.S. Army- Pacific at Fort Shafter and U.S. chair of the secretariat.

The bilateral secretariat section is the command and control group 

for APMMC and is comprised of nearly a dozen members from across the Pacific services, including support personnel from U.S. forces stationed in Korea.

Hosted in the Shangri-La Jakarta hotel in the heart of Indonesia’s largest city of over 8 million residents, the conference welcomed Pacific delegates that included Australia, Thailand, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Bang-ladesh and Vietnam. 

On the opening day, delegates convened for opening ceremonies and a series of distinguished speeches and plenary talks. 

Topics included pandemic influenza, humanitarian assistance, and national level and individual responder resiliency in natural disasters and war.

In the evening, Maj. Gen. Karno Heridadi, surgeon general of the Indonesian Armed Forces, hosted an icebreaker reception intended to build friendships. 

The occasion was highlighted by a traditional music and dance show and international delegates dancing a favorite Indonesian step, the poco-poco (pronounced po-cho po-cho).

“The long and difficult preparation has paid off,” said Lt. Col. Amy Brinson, conference coordinator, APMMC. 

Her counterparts from Indonesia, 

she added, were instrumental in laying the foundation of this year’s conference.

“The coming week is really going to be dynamic in terms of bilateral engagements in the medical arena,” Pina said.

APMMC is an annual conference among Asian countries, and is the leading military medical gathering for practitioners, doctors, nurses and health care professionals in the Pacific. 

APMMC is always co-hosted by USARPAC and the host nation. 

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