Successful Opening Ceremony for the Belt and Road Tropical Medical Alliance (BRTMA) and the 1st Summit Forum on Tropical Medicine
In order to strengthen the comprehensive and in-depth cooperation of tropical medicine in the countries and regions along the “Belt and Road”, Hainan Medical University initiated the establishment of “Belt and Road” Tropical Medicine Alliance (BRTMA) in December 2017, and the Opening Ceremony for the Belt and Road Tropical Medical Alliance (BRTMA) and the 1st Summit Forum on Tropical Medicine were successfully held on October 18-20, 2018.
On the evening of October 18, 2018, the First Council Board of the Belt and Road Tropical Medical Alliance (BRTMA) was held. 105 universities, medical, scientific research and public health institutions from 30 countries and regions were co-sponsored founders of BRTMA. The Council Board meeting elected the council members, executive members, vice presidents of council board and president of the council board, and passed the Article of BRTMA, the Haikou Declaration（Consensus Draft）and the logo of BRTMA.
Group photo of Representatives of council members on the board meeting of the First Council of BRTMA
The board meeting of the First Council of BRTMA- Round Table session (Signing the Article of BRTMA, the Haikou Declaration)
On the morning of October 19, 2018, the opening ceremony of the “Belt and Road” Tropical Medicine Alliance (BRTMA) was held. More than 300 leaders and experts from universities, hospitals, scientific research and disease control institutions from countries and regions along the Belt and Road had attended the inaugural meeting. The distinguished VIP guests were Mr. Bin Xu, Deputy Secretary General of Hainan Provincial People's Government, Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Academician Xishan Hao, Academician Guoyong Yuan, Academician Wanqing Liao, Academician Viktor Kolosov, Dr. Wenkai Li from American Chinese Medical Foundation, Prof. Edward Thomas RYAN from Harvard University, Mr. Yingwei Han，Director of Hainan Provincial Health and Health Commission, Prof. Yuenan Li, Deputy Director of Hainan Provincial Education Department.
On the morning of October 20, 2018, after the opening ceremony, the 1st Summit Forum on Tropical Medicine was held. Eight outstanding academic experts in the field of tropical medicine, such as Academician Wanqing Liao and Academician Guoyong Yuan, gave the keynote speeches. 46 experts including Hannah Wei Wu gave presentations in four sub-forums. The participating experts and scholars conducted active and in-depth exchanges on issues such as prevention and control of tropical diseases and medical education, basic research in tropical medicine, and clinical research in tropical medicine，and achieved productive results.
On the morning of October 20, 2018, the Unveiling Ceremony of BRTMA and the Unveiling Ceremony of the Hainan Medical University - University of Health Sciences, Cambodia Joint Research Center for Tropical Medicine and Public Health Sciences were held in the campus of Hainan Medical University. Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the representatives of the alliance members attended the ceremony together.
The Unveiling Ceremony of BRTMA
The establishment of BRTMA has built a platform for cooperation and exchange of tropical medicine along the “Belt and Road” countries and regions. The collaboration in medical field will start as a carrier to effectively strengthen the comprehensive and in-depth cooperation between the Belt and Road countries and regions，and will benefit the people from the "Belt and Road" countries.