HISTORY OF THE AFCMA

The Asian Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (AFCMA)

  • The Asian Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (AFCMA) is one of 4 Regional Organizations (Asia, America, Europe, and Africa) of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC)
  • Idea of forming the AFCMA was brought up at the 8th Congress of the FIAMC held in Brussel in 1958 among three Asian participants, Dr. Alimuring of Philippines, Dr. Anno of Japan, and Dr. Dung of Vietnam.
  • Aims of the AFCMA are :
  1. to coordinate the efforts of Catholic Medical Associations in the study and spread of Christian principles throughout the medical profession in general.
  2. to encourage the development of Catholic Medical Associations in all countries of Asia.
  3. to take part in the general development of the medical profession and to promote health and social work in accordance with Christian principles
  4. to represent the views of Asian Federation of Catholic Medical Association to FIAMC
  5. to study and report on the problems which confront the Catholic medical professional in Asia

AFCMA Congress

History of the AFCMA Congresses:

1st Congress in Manila (1960)

2nd Congress in Saigon (1962)

3rd Congress in Bombay (1964)

4th Congress in Tokyo (1968)

5th Congress in Bangkok (1972)

6th Congress in Hong Kong (1976) (1976)

7th Congress in Seoul (1980)

8th Congress in Manila (1984)

9th Congress in Nagasaki (1988)

10th Congress in Bangkok (1992)

11th Congress in Singapore (1996)

12th Congress in Kuala Lumpur (2000)

13th Congress in Taipei (2004)

*14th Congress will be held in 2008 in Hong Kong

  • Duration of Congress: Usually 3-4 days
  • Program of Congress: Daily Masses, Keynote address, Memorial lectures,

Country presentations, Symposia/workshops,

Cultural night, Sight seeing, etc.

  • Scholarship funds have been collected and used to bring as many country members as possible from so-called 3rd world Asian countries.

Officer Bearers of the AFCMA

(2004 – 2008)

President: Dr. Kwang-ho Meng, MD Korea

Vice-Presidents: Sr(Dr). Mary Ann Lou, MD Taiwan, R.O.C.

Dr. Buichi Ishijima, MD Japan

Dr. Peter Au Yeung, MD Hong Kong, China

Dr. Khin Yam Chong, MD Malaysia

Secretary General:Dr. Bum Soo Kim, MD Korea

Treasurers: Dr. Keonhyun Jo, MD Korea

Ecclesiastical Advisor:Rev. Hygino Henrigues, SJ Singapore

Committee Chairs:

Medical Mission Committee :; Dr. John Lee, MD (Singapore)

Bioethics Committee :Dr. Ian Snodgrass, MD (Singapore)

Regional Representatives for the FIAMC :Dr. John Lee, MD Singapore

Dr. Freddie Loh, MD Malaysia

Secretariat: AFCMA

c/o Department of Radiology,
The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine
505 Banpo-Dong, Socho-Ku, Seoul 137-701, Korea
Tel: 822-590-1584, E-mail: bumrad@catholic.ac.kr

List of AFCMA Member Organizations

The Guild of St. Luke,
SS. Cosmas & Damian

c/oH.K.Central Councilof
Catholic Laity

1 Tai Shek Street

Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong

Indian Federation of Catholic Medical Guilds

Hillway Clinik, Hill & Dale 4th fl.

Hill-road, Bandra

Mumbai-50, India

Indonesian Catholic Medical Community (ICMC)

Jalan Kramat VI/7

Jakarta 10430

Indonesia

Catholic Doctors Association of Malaysia

c/o Assunta Hospital, Jalan Templer,

46990 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

The Japan Catholic Medical Association

1-1-5-603, Hatagaya, Shibaya-ku

Tokyo 151-0072, Japan

The Catholic Medical Guild of Singapore

428A East Coast Rd

Singapore 1542

Rep. of Singapore

Catholic Physicians’ Guild of the Philippines

Rm 227 Medicine Building

University of Santo Tomas

Manila, Philippines 1008,

Pakistan Catholic Medical Association

c/o Dr. Dolphy D’souza, M.D.

Medical Officer

St. Patricks High School

Sangster Rd.

Karachi 0328, Pakistan

– Associate Member –

Federation of Australian Catholic

Medical Association

2A Unwin Crescent

Salter Point, Perth 6152

Australia

Catholic Physicians Association, ROC

c/o Cardinal Tien Hospital

362 Chung Cheng Rd.

Hsintein, Taipei Hsien

Taiwan, R.O.C.

The Catholic Physicians’ Guild of Thailand

122/6-7 Soi Narksuwa

Nonsi Rd, yannawa

Bangkok 10120

Thailand

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