Letters to the Editor
8TH MASEAN CONFERENCE, 29-31 OCTOBER 1997
The 8th MASEAN Conference was held in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, from 29 to 31 October I997. SMA’s delegation comprised Dr Cheong Pak Yean, Dr Tan Kok Soo, Dr Wong Chiang Yin, Dr Tan Sze Wee and Dr Au Kah Kay. Dr Kachit Choopanya, President, Thailand Medical Association was appointed Chairman for 1997/1999 while Dr Cheong Pak Yean was appointed Secretary General. During the Conference, all delegates of the MASEAN member countries extensively discussed, shared and exchanged their views on the theme of ”Health Care Beyond the Year 2000: The Challenging Global Problems - Effective, Affordable, Accessible and Acceptable”. The delegates agreed unanimously that:
1. To effectively solve the health problems encountered by the ASEAN
2. All member countries have to explore further technical cooperation,
3. Exchange visits among MASEAN member countries have to be carried
out on a regular
The National Medical Association of Vietnam and Myanmar were officially admitted as full member of MASEAN. The Cambodia Medical Association was awarded Associate membership while Laos would be admitted to full membership when it forms a national association of doctors.
The 9th MASEAN Conference will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1999, and the mid term MASEAN Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998.