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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 955-956

South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies: A beginning well begun

1 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Medicine, MLN Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication3-Dec-2013

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay Kalra
Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.122596

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Endocrinology is a vibrant field, spreading wings across the world. The South Asian subcontinent, home to perhaps the largest patient pool of endocrine and metabolic disease, is fertile ground for the growth of endocrinology. For those of us who take on the unenviable task of looking after the endocrine health needs of our population, advancement in this science is not an option; it is a necessity.

To help achieve this goal, there exist five national professional bodies in South Asia: The Endocrine Society of Bangladesh, Endocrine Society of India, Diabetes and Endocrine Association of Nepal, Pakistan Endocrine Society, and Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka. In unity, lies strength, says the age - old wisdom of our countries. And so, it was on 17 January, 2013, at Colombo, Sri Lanka that leaders of all these five organizations came together to form the South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies (SAFES). The seed of SAFES sprang form a common dream: To come together as fellow South Asians, to work in partnership, to share and learn from each other, to contribute to the growth of endocrinology in the region.

At this historic meeting, hosted by the Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka, under the Presidency of Dr. Noel Somasundaram, the first Executive Committee of SAFES was formed. From India, Dr. Subhankar Chowdhury was selected as Patron, Dr. Sarita Bajaj was nominated as President and Dr. Rakesh Sahay as Secretary. A plan of action was devised and India offered to host the first SAFES Conference. The Scientific Committee was to be chaired by Dr. Subhankar Chowdhry, India and Dr. Faruque Pathan, Bangladesh.

The Executive Committee members had come to Colombo as colleagues, some of them meeting each other for the first time; they parted as friends.

The seed for SAFES, planted on that pleasant January evening at Colombo, sprouted at Hyderabad in August the same year. The first SAFES Conference was organized under the leadership of the President of SAFES, Dr. Sarita Bajaj and the Secretary, Dr. Rakesh Sahay, on 17 and 18 August 2013. A 2 day long affair, held in three parallel halls, this was attended by nearly 450 delegates from all five nations. These included over 60 colleagues from outside India, some of whom braved visa obstacles and political turmoil to reach SAFES. This conference set a historic milestone in the history of South Asian endocrinology. Over 100 faculty members from all countries shared their expertise and experiences, learnt from each other and enhanced the science of endocrinology. The first Presidential Oration, delivered by Dr. Sarita Bajaj, called for the institution of a congenital hypothyroidism screening program in South Asia. Free paper and poster competitions, reported in an issue of IJCCI, saw friendly competition from both within and outside India.

The quiz competition, too, was marked by enthusiastic participation from the quizzers and audience alike. The theme of the quiz was inspired by a couplet of the medieval South Asian poet - saint Kabir, who observed:

Moko Kahan Dhundhere Bande

To Tere Paas Mein

Mandir Mein, Na Masjid Mein

Kabe Kailas Mein

To Tere Paas Mein Bande

To Tere Paas Mein

Where do you search for me?

I am with you

Not in temples, nor in mosques

Neither in Kaba nor in Kailash

I am with you O man

I am with you.

Similarly, the endocrine quizmasters exhorted the participants and audience to find endocrinology everywhere, in every aspect of life, not only in books and patients.

The SAFES summit concluded with an invitation by President elect, Dr. Faruque Pathan, to visit Bangladesh in 2015 for the 2 nd SAFES summit.

In Hyderabad, South Asian endocrinologists came as friends; they parted as brothers and sisters.

Long Live SAFES.


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