42nd International Congress of Military Medicine held in New Delhi
The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) was held in New Delhi. It was organised by Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS), Ministry of Defence (MoD). The theme of this edition of World Congress is “Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead.”
The five-day event was being organised for the first time in India. It was the largest medical conference ever organised by AFMS. It was attended by around 350-400 foreign delegates from 80 countries.
International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM)
The ICMM is international inter-governmental organisation established in 1921 after World War I to strengthen cooperation between the health services of the armed forces worldwide. Its secretariat is at Brussels, Belgium and currently has 112 nations as members.
ICMM’s main objective is to ensure that medical services personnel have means to work together, using similar practices, in operations involving international cooperation. It works towards achieving this by encouraging activities at which scientific and technical experience is shared, by developing contacts with scientific community, by promoting regional events. This enables it to pool resources and work experience of military medicine, both in theatre of operations and in support role in case of crisis situations.