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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 98-99  

IMS News-2

M.D., D.G.O., FICOG, President, IMS 2010

Date of Web Publication28-Jan-2011

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Atul P Munshi
M.D., D.G.O., FICOG, President, IMS 2010

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   Announcing the Birth of South Asian Federation of Menopause Societies (SAFOMS) Top

It is the need of the hour to provide quality life for the vastly increasing numbers of Asian women in the post reproductive age group. With so many parallels in the SAARC countries, it is imperative that we regularly exchange management strategies and ideas, update ourselves together and influence individual government policies founded on objective and evidence based findings. South Asian Federation of Menopause Societies (SAFOMS) is the culmination of these requirements.

So long, much attention was never given to menopause in the South Asian Countries and caring attitude toward menopausal women was lacking. Many national societies of menopause are now engaged themselves in taking the challenge of menopause in scientific and programmatic footing. I believe formation of federation of menopausal societies shall strengthen our efforts in addressing menopause in the South Asian Countries.

SAFOMS was formed at Colombo with India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Nepal and Bhutan as member countries. The federation was born at the inaugural conference held on October 1, 2 and 3 at Colombo, hosted by the Sri Lankan Menopause Society. A constitution was signed by the presidents of member societies. The inaugural conference of the SAFOMS is a major move toward giving due recognition and collectively addressing the problems of women in the Asian region during their postmenopausal period. The conference opened up new vistas for networking. Thirty-five Indians attended the conference. There were many guest speakers from India.

It was a good opportunity to update our knowledge which in turn will impact favorably in achieving our common goal in improving the quality of life of this ever increasing population of women in the post reproductive age group, consequent to an increase in the life expectancy in the region of South Asia.

   Office Bearers of SAFOMS Top

President: Dr. Behram Anklesaria (India)

Secretary General: Dr. Rohana Haththotwa (Sri Lanka)

President Elect: Dr. M. D. P. Goonaratna (Sri Lanka)

Dy. Sec. General: Dr. Atul Munshi (India)

Vice-president: Dr. Rubina Hussain (Pakistan)

Treasurer: Dr. Hemantha Perera (Sri Lanka)

Vice-president: Prof. Shahla Khatun (Bangladesh)

Editor: Dr. Jaideep Malhotra (India)

Web co-ordinator: Dr. Maninder Ahuja

Governing Council Members: Dr. Jignesh Shah, Dr. Maninder Ahuja, Dr. Sanjay Gupte and Dr. Hema Diwakar

   Proposed Plan of Activities Top

  • SAFOM session in the next SAFOG conference as discussed with Prof. Harsha Seneviratne, the organizing Chairman of the next SAFOG conference.
  • To conduct SAFOMS and ICOG joint conference in Bangalore, Oct 2011.
  • To devise a common logo for SAFOMS.
  • To develop a dedicated website and e-mail group for communication and educational activities.
  • To conduct the next conference in 2012 either at Pakistan or Bangladesh.
  • To start a journal inviting articles from member countries.

Dr. V. K. Chellamma, Professor of OandG, Calicut Medical college, from the Calicut Menopause society, bagged the first prize for her paper titled "A prospective study of 100 cases postmenopausal ovarian mass".

Dr. Ujwala Deshmukh from Nagpur Menopause society won the second prize for her paper titled "screening of menopausal women for hypothyroidism".

Dr. Seema Kanetkar from Nagpur Menopause society won the third prize for her paper titled "Emotional quotient in pre and perimenopausal women".

It is a good beginning in the spread of menopausal awareness and management of mature women in South Asia.


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