The 14th Balkan Military Medical Committee Congress

19. 05. 2009

Belgrade, May19 – Delegation of the Serbian Military Medical Services led by the MMA’s head Major General Prof. Dr. Miodrag Jevtic participated at the 14th Balkan Military Medical Committee Congress held on May 10-14, 2009,  in Burgas, Bulgaria The 23-member delegation included eminent experts from the Military Medical Academy, representatives of the Heath Department of the Ministry of Defence and Nis Military Hospital.

The Official opening ceremony of the Congress was attended by the participants from member states of that Association -Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.
Addressing the participants present to that ceremony, the head of the Serbian delegation, General Jeftic said:
Dear colleagues, friends, ambassadors of health and the Balkan Military Medicine,
I am very proud to be standing here today in front of you and honored to be given the opportunity to present you the compliments on behalf of the State of Serbia, its Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces, Serbian Military Medical Services and the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade, the institution I run,  and which is the pride of Serbian Medicine and the strategic resource of both our country and Armed Forces. Today, it serves as a golden bridge for establishing cooperation in terms of planetarization of medical profession and science. We are willing and ready to share our knowledge and experiences we have gained in the fields of surgery, war surgery in particular, internal medicine, neuropsychiatry, preventive medicine, treatment of the wounded and sick in mass catastrophe situations, dentistry and pharmacy with the others for the wellbeing of humanity. With whom we can and should work together but with those we are geographically connected, live in the same region and share the same problems. Those, of course, include us living on the Balkan Peninsula, to whom the Balkan Military Medicine Committee can serve as the best platform for such cooperation.

We have gathered here together to analyze and review  all the activities carried out within our medical cooperation framework, support new initiatives,   share our experiences,  see where we are now, and look back and see how far we have come and in what way we have to go on. We can and must go only forward, following the highest standards of medical profession and science.
To that goal, I wish that we would make the 14th Congress of the Balkan Military Medicine Committee a great success. I also expect to see high quality presentations, discussions and conclusions, and promise that the Serbian delegation would do its best to give its full contribution to this Congress.’

During the working sessions of the Congress, 247 papers were presented. The main topics related to the fields of war surgery, internal medicine, military psychiatry and preventive medicine. The members of our delegation presented in their papers their own rich experiences in the field of military medicine.
During very important discussions, a special emphasis was put on the importance of regional cooperation among military medical services of the Balkan countries, including mutual assistance and support in case of potential natural and mass catastrophes.
However, within the Balkan Committee framework, Serbia presides over the sessions of the Working Group for Emergency Cases in Military Medicine and has undertaken the responsibility to organize and run a training course at the end of this year. During the course, renowned experts of our institution would present their own experiences and the latest achievements in emergency military medicine to physicians and medical technicians from the Balkan countries
During the Congress, the head of our delegation had several bilateral dialogues  aimed at further development of cooperation between Balkan Military Medical Services with the focus on professional advancement of physicians and technicians and sharing of experience gained in peacekeeping missions.
The next BMMC Congress would be held in 2010, in Greece. In the meantime, member states would continue to work and cooperate more intensively with one another.

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