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NEPALESE SOCIETY OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE

(NESCOM) 
 
SWC No. 45190

 1st CONCOM 2017

 

FIRST CONCOM 2017

Promoting population health: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities in Nepal

 

Introduction:

Nepalese Society of Community Medicine ( NESCOM ) is a society of Community medicine MD graduates was established in 2016 with a vision to ensure highest attainable health of people of Nepal.

To complete its mission, prevention of disease, health promotion, advocacy, research, health dialogue and public health action to ensure better population health, the society organised a one day conference called ‘First Conference of Community Medicine 2017’ ( 1st CONCOM 2017) under the CONCOM Organising committee ( Annex 1)  with Organising Chairperson, Prof Dr Lochana Shrestha and Organising Secretary, Dr Lee Budhathoki.

 

Theme of the conference:

Promoting population health: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities in Nepal

 

First CONCOM:

The first CONCOM was held on 27th of August 2017 in the Auditorium Hall of Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Sanobharyang, Kathmandu. A Pre conference workshop on Non communicable disease and Neglected Tropical Disease and a Panel discussion on Curriculum development for MD Community medicine followed by election of the Executive working committee was held on 26th August 2017.

 

The conference started with the session on Public health emergencies followed by inauguration ceremony (Table 1.1). The welcome speech was delivered by Prof Dr Lochana Shrestha, where she talked on the immense need for recognition of the capabilities of the Community medicine graduates for health system strengthening and achieving health for all. She focussed on the need to open opportunities for community medicine graduates specially in government sector and the need for the graduates to reach out for such opportunities. The Chief Guest, Dr Puspa Chaudhary, Acting Health Secretary , Ministry of Health, congratulated the society on organising the conference and highlighted the pivotal role community medicine experts and public health person could play on health emergencies like the current scenario of the flood in eastern Nepal. Other distinguished guests like Prof Dr Jagdish Agrawal, Dean TU and Prof Dr Rajendra Koju, Dean KU also talked about how community medicine experts should come forward and work for health of the population. The conference was also attended by distinguished guests from Nepalese Army(NA), Maj Gen Dr Naresh Kumar Giri, DGMS and Maj Gen Dr Bachchu Ram K.C. (Retd), Executive Director of Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences and other guest from academic sectors, Government and non government organisations. Over 200 participants which included MD graduates of Community Medicine,residents of Community medicine, faculties of medical college from clinical and basic sciences,public health experts and undergraduates and graduates of medicine and allied science like pharmacy and nursing from all over the country were there.

 

The conference was also an opportunity to felicitate the first three pioneers of Community Medicine in Nepal;Prof Dr Nilambar Jha, Prof Dr Paras K Pokharel and Prof Dr Lochana Shrestha.

Public health oration award called ‘NESCOM oration award’ was awarded to Prof Dr Mahesh Maskey, Chairman of Public Health Foundation.He gave an enlightening oration on the theme.

The session “Vaccines: Past, Present and Future” was run in parallel to the poster and paper presentations.( Table 1.1)

A special guest speech on Sustainable Development Goals and Nepal was given by Dr Yuba Raj Khadiwada, Former Vice-Chairman, National Planning Commission;Former Governor, Nepal Rastra Bank.

The session on ‘Research in Public health’ was then conducted followed by a very active Panel discussion on “Community Medicine Specialist: Beyond Academics”. In the closing ceremony, awards for best oral paper and best poster presentations were given to Dr Reshu Agrawal Sagtani for her paper, “Smoking And Quality Of Life – Is There An Association?” and to Dr Dharti Joshi for her poster on “Study On Factors Associated With Pelvic Organ Prolapse In Eastern Region Of Nepal: A Case Control Study”. The conference ended with the Closing speech and Vote of thanks by Dr Lee Budhathoki.

 

Outcome :

The conference brought  all the graduates of community medicine and public health experts closer to work for the betterment of the society to attain its objectives.

Through the scientific sessions, the society highlighted and educated on important issues pertaining to prevention and promotion of population health.

The conference provided an excellent academic platform for budding researchers to present their work to the scientific society. By awarding the best paper and poster in the conference, NESCOM promoted new researchers to continue their passion for research.

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