The APHS Congress 2019 in Bali is over. Barlian and Errawan have organized a fantastic show with an extensive and interesting scientific program, five workshops, live transmission, Hernia Essential course and a successful second convocation ceremony, and an overwhelming and engaging social get together on the beautiful island of gods. Thank you so much Barlian and the entire team from Indonesia for this excellent annual congress, your great hospitality, the warm atmosphere and the exclusive location in Nusa Dua for more than 500 participants from around the world. Very well done, terima kasih banyak
During the executive committee meeting and the annual general meeting a new team of ExCo members had been elected. I have the honor and pleasure to be your APHS President for the next two years. President elect is now Chen Jie from Beijing China. Rajesh Khullar from India has accepted to take the post of General Secretary for another two years, Nayeem Sarder from Bangladesh is the new Joint Secretary and George Yang from Hong Kong China has accepted to be our Treasurer. The past president Jose Macario Faylona from Philippines stepped up and is now member of the advisory board. Thank you Macky for your hard work over the last two years. Further ExCo members are Le Quan Anh Tuan from Vietnam, Errawan Wiradisuria from Indonesia, Steven Yao from China, Manish Baijal from India, Cheng Chung Tsai from Taiwan, Gafoor Mubarak from Malaysia, Jaideepraj Rao from Singapore and Takehiro Hachisuka from Japan.
With my new position comes great responsibility for the development and advancement of our society. Many important tasks are waiting to be addressed and new challenges will require discussions and solutions. In addition to purely academic and society related tasks the social relationships and friendship of our members is on the top of my priorities. The interactive and very engaging Gala Dinner in Bali has put a very solid fundament in place on which we can build.
The further development and conduction of training courses, fellowship and specialization in hernia surgery are actual topics. The financial consolidation and the financing of future conferences and activities are further important requirements without those a modern fast growing society will not be able to develop. Talks with accrediting bodies in key countries providing high standard education and world class healthcare services in Asia Pacific will become necessary if fellowships and specialization shall be locally recognized and supported.
The preparations for the next annual congress in Shanghai China have already begun. Congress President Tang Jian Xiong has presented detailed information during the meetings of ExCo and AGM in Bali. One year later Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam under the Congress President Tuan Le Quan has been confirmed to be the place of APHS 2021. The entire ExCo is working on bringing the second World Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery Congress to Asia and more specifically to Singapore in 2022. The Co-Founder of APHS and advisory board member Davide Lomanto shall be in charge of this prestigious event. All those activities need support from the entire leadership and from all of you.
Our data base shall be updated and all of you are requested to update your personal information. Manish Baijal who thankfully takes care of the website has been elected to join the ExCo team. Please have a look at the Facebook site of APHS which has been created for your interactive participation and comments. The communication with our members and the flow of information are important points I want to address during my presidency. Please take few minutes of your time to answer questionnaires which you will shortly receive via email.
Without a guarantee to be able to solve all existing and upcoming issues I promise to be available for every member and working on all your queries and comments on the development of APHS into the best hernia society.
Rolf HartungPresident- Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS)
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