Overview of the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange (Source: VNA)
The Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange 2015 (APMHE-2015) is underway in the central city of Da Nang from September 14-18.

The event, themed “Global health cooperation”, is co-hosted by the US Army’s Medical Corps and its Vietnamese counterpart and is attended by 500 delegates from 24 countries and territories worldwide and the International Committee on Military Medicine.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Lieutenant General Le Chiem Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam’s People’s Army said the conference holds significant meaning in the context of complicated and unpredictable non-traditional security challenges.

APMHE-2015 will offer a chance for scientists and experts working in the medical sector in the Asia Pacific region to share experience in the field, thus promoting cooperation in military health in particular and healthcare more broadly.

It will also serve as a venue for participating countries and territories to discuss measures to bolster their connections in preventing disasters and diseases and providing humanitarian assistance, especially in areas related to global health security.

As many as 130 scientific reports will be presented at the event, focusing on external and internal medicine, infections, disease prevention, community healthcare, personel training traditional medicine and the application of advanced technology in healthcare.

The conference plays an important role in Vietnam’s foreign defence relations, adding that it will be part of activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Vietnam-US diplomatic ties.
Director of the Military Medical Department Vu Quoc Binh said the country’s military medicine has continually attached importance to international cooperation and bolstering friendship, understanding and collaboration of countries in the region and the world.

Vietnam has set up ties in the military medicine with more than 30 countries and is an active member of the ASEAN Chief of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACMM) and the Experts’ Working Group on Military Medicine of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+).-VNA