Indo-Pacific Military Health Exchange Conference

On 7th March 2022, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh virtually inaugurated the four-day Indo-Pacific Military Health Exchange (IPMHE) conference. This conference is being co-hosted by the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) and Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS).

Overview:

  • This conference will continue till March 10, 2022.
  • More than 600 Indian and foreign delegates from 38 countries are attending the conference.
  • To co-host this conference, a 20-member group from the USINDOPACOM organizing committee is in New Delhi.
  • Over the course of four days, the speakers and delegates will connect and share their experiences on 110 different topics.
  • The defence minister praised AFMS and USINDOPACOM for their contributions to tackling the issues posed by COVID-19.
  • Despite limitations such as strain on existing infrastructure, short warning period, and disparity in resources, the last two years have brought out the best in the medical community, civil society volunteer groups, and governments who did everything to assist those in need during the pandemic.

The Theme of the conference

‘Military Healthcare in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) World’ is the theme of the conference.

Aim of the conference

This conference aims to enhance jointmanship and cooperation in military medicine. It will also cover other important topics which include tropical medicine, combat and operational medical care, field anaesthesia, field surgery, marine and aviation medicine emergencies, etc.

About United States Indo-Pacific Command

USINDOPACOM is the United States Armed Forces’ unified combatant command for the Indo-Pacific area. The organization was earlier known as the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) and was renamed the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USIPCOM) on 30 May 2018, in acknowledgement of the growing connections between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. ADM John C. Aquilino is the Commander of the USINDOPACOM.

About Armed Forces Medical Services

In 1948, the government merged the medical services of the Royal Indian Navy, Indian Army, and Royal Indian Air Force into the Armed Forces Medical Service and placed it under the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services with the rank of Vice-Admiral / Lt Gen / Air Marshal. The Government also laid down certain roles and characters of responsibilities of the DGAFMS. As the administrative head of the Armed Forces Medical Services, the DGAFMS advises the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the Minister of Defence on the Armed Forces’ medical requirements. Surgeon Vice-Admiral Rajat Datta is the current Director-General Armed Forces Medical Services.

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