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International Conference on Humanitarian Medical Missions

Singapore General Hospital * | Singapore , SINGAPORE
From 350 to 450 SGD
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Title: International Conference on Humanitarian Medical Missions
Specialty: , Emergency Medicine
Dates: From Oct, 30, 2014 to Nov, 1, 2014
Location: Singapore , SINGAPORE
Type: Conference
Registration Cost: From 350 to 450 SGD
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This conference is dedicated to all the medical volunteers working across and beyond borders. The term medical is generic and includes physicians, nurses, dentists, allied healthcare and support personnel.

There are many NGOs around the world doing humanitarian work, usually in less privileged communities and bringing medical aid and relief to countries where healthcare is deficient or totally lacking.

To organise these volunteer medical missions requires tremendous manpower and financial resources. There are many logistical issues and other problems which are encountered at both the organisational level, as well as during the execution of these missions. This international conference will allow discussions amongst all the donor and recipient organisations regarding both the upside as well as the downside of these volunteer missions.

Our hope is that at the end of the conference, guidelines can be drawn up to aid budding volunteer teams in the organisation of successful missions. The Singapore General Hospital and allied SingHealth Institutions have been very supportive and proactive in the organisation of these volunteer medical missions in the region and beyond. Multiple missions have been carried out in the surrounding ASEAN countries in response to their needs and requests. The SGH corporate philosophy to encourage such humanitarian activities by allowing its staff to participate in these missions is both laudatory and global in outlook. Medical and nursing staff are given official leave of absence when they go on these missions.

This inaugural conference will highlight the scope of these humanitarian activities across all medical disciplines. We will share with the international community what SGH has done over the last three decades with support from organisations such as the Singapore International Foundation (SIF). This conference will for the first time bring all the volunteers across borders together to exchange and interact. This will no doubt enhance the spirit of volunteerism and encourage physicians and healthcare professionals across borders to work for a better and more peaceful world.

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The Scientific Sub-Committee invites participants to submit their abstracts for oral or poster presentations on topics connected  with Humanitarian Medical Missions (HMM). Abstracts can be on any aspect of HMM. There are a suggested list of topics given below but delegates can share their experiences as volunteers in medical mission. The Scientific Sub-Committee will decide on the category of allocation in the programme and notify delegates of the results of their abstract submission by 31st July 2014

Important Dates

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline  1st July 2014
Notification of Acceptance 31st July 2014
Notification of Presentation Schedule  15th August 2014

Suggested List of Topics

(a) Peacetime Medical Missions

  • Goals of International Medical Missions
  • The Logistics and Preparation for a Medical Mission
  • Do’s and Don’ts in Conduct of Volunteer Medical Missions 
  • Sources of Funding
  • Qualities of a Successful Medical Volunteer
  • How to Ensure Successes in Volunteer Medical Missions to Developing Countries
  • Organisations Providing Medical Mission Opportunities 
  • Unusual Cases Encountered During a Mission
  • Paediatric Humanitarian Missions
  • Other Speciality Medical Mission e.g.: Maternal Health Care, Eye etc. 

(b) Disaster Situations

  • Mass Casualty Management following Natural Disasters
  • Standards of Healthcare Intervention in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Healthcare Needs of Disaster Affected Populations
  • Sharing Common Space in Disaster Areas
  • Children in Disaster Situations
  • Disaster Medical Action Team Logistics
  • Post Disaster Social and Medical Rehabilitation

(c) Symposia Topics

  • Future of International Humanitarian Medical Missions
  • Developing Guidelines for Volunteer Medical Missions to Developing Countries 
  • Ethical Issues Related to Humanitarian Medical Missions
  • Legal Issues Related to Humanitarian Medical Missions

Instructions to Authors

(1) General

  • All authors are required to submit their abstract(s) online to
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English only. 
  • Text length (not including title and author information) should be between 300 - 400 words. 
  • Use of standard abbreviations is desirable. 
  • References should NOT be included. 
  • Submissions that do not conform to the established format will not be accepted for review by the Scientific Sub-Committee. The decision of the Scientific Sub-Committee is final. 

(2) Abstracts for Oral Presentation

  • You will have a total of 10 minutes; 8 minutes of presentation , followed by 2 minutes for questions from the audience. Time limits will be strictly enforced. 
  • Please be in the room for your session 10 minutes before the start time of the session. The Sessions  Chairs will start and end strictly on time. 

(3) Abstracts for Poster Presentation

  • You will be provided with a poster board to mount your poster. Please note the maximum permitted dimensions for your poster display. Poster size MUST be in Portrait format and AO size - 841 mm (w) x 1189 mm (h) or  33.1 inches (w) x  46.8 inches (h)
  • Your submission ID will be indicated on the board.
  • Please note that the width of the poster board must not be exceeded under any circumstance.
  • Velcro adhesive will be provided at the conference to mount posters on the board. 

(4) Publication in Book of Abstracts

  • Submission of abstract indicates the authors’ consent to have the abstracts printed for the conference programme book.
  • The Abstracts Selection Committee reserves the right to modify the submitted text of abstracts to correct grammatical and sentence construction errors. 
  • Every effort will be made, in these instances, not to alter the meaning of the text.
  • Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published only if the conference registration fee has been paid by latest 15th August 2014. 
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International Conference on Humanitarian Medical Missions
C/O SGH Postgraduate Medical Institute
20 College Road, Academia, Level 2, Singapore 169856
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Tel: 6576 7658

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