A new team of CMAAO leaders took office at the 33rd Assembly of CMAAO held in Penang, Malaysia from 12th-14th September.
Dr Ravindran Naidu, President Malaysia Medical Association was elected President for this year.
I was elected as the President-elect and will be taking over as President CMAAO on 5th September in 2019 in Goa.
CMAAO or the Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania currently has 18 member National Medical Associations (NMAs): India, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Phillipines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.
The credit for bringing IMA on the global map goes to Dr Ketan Desai, Former President World Medical Association (WMA), Dr Ajay Kumar Council Member WMA, Dr Vinay Aggarwal Past President CMAAO and Dr Ravi Wankhedkar National President IMA.
Since its establishment in 1956, the objective of CMAAO has been to promote academic exchange of information on health issues and also to cultivate ties of friendship between member medical associations. In the event of any epidemic or outbreak or public health crisis, various countries can share their health models besides knowledge and experiences of a similar situation.
For example, in the IMA-CMAAO meet on combating air pollution held in New Delhi last year, the Korean Medical Association presented its model of tackling air pollution in their country. Similarly, the Sri Lanka NMA should be able to showcase their model for achieving control of malaria to their government.
I am thankful to IMA for electing me as an office bearer of CMAAO, first as 2nd Vice President, then 1st Vice President and now President-elect and finally as President.
I will strive to fulfill my responsibilities with the support of all my colleagues in IMA and CMAAO.