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HISTORY OF AFC & ACC
 
History of the ASEAN Federation of Cardiology and the ASEAN Congress of Cardiology
 
The representatives of five National Heart Associations that formed the ASEAN Federation of Cardiology (AFC) in 1973 were Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.  It is a non-political organisation that aims to improve the standard and practice of cardiology in the ASEAN region.
 
Council members composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, Immediate Past President and the President and Secretary-General from the National Heart Association member countries run the Federation.
 
In 2004, Vietnam was accepted to be the sixth member.  Subsequently, Myanmar and Laos were accepted as members in 2007.
 
AsCC congresses, venues and the respective Chairs were as follows:
The first meeting of the ASEAN Congress of Cardiology was held in Bali, Indonesia in 1975 under the chairmanship of Dr Sukaman Sumaryone who subsequently became the first President of the Federation.  The Congress is held biennially among the member countries. The Chairman of the organising committee of the preceding congress becomes the President of the Federation.
 
2nd | 1977| Manila, Philippines | Dr Avelino Aventura
3rd | 1980 | Singapore | Dr NC Tan
4th | 1982 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Dr J S Eapen
5th | 1984 | Bangkok, Thailand | Dr Kumpol Prachuabmoh
6th | 1986 | Jakarta, Indonesia | Dr Lily Rilantono
 
During the 6th ASEAN Congress, two traditional events were initiated.  The first event was the Young Investigator Award.  It was a scientific paper competition presented by authors below 40 years of age from ASEAN member countries.  Representatives from Indonesia and Thailand were the first recipients of the award.
 
The second event was the Sukaman Lecture, named after the first President of the AFC, Dr. Sukaman Sumaryone.  The first lecture was "the Trend of Cardiovascular Problems in ASEAN".  The subsequent Sukaman lecturer was selected from the other member countries and not from the host country. The lecture was later changed to Sukaman Memorial Lecture after Dr. Sukaman’s passing on in 1987.
 
7th | 1988 | Manila, Philippines | Dr Ramiro de Guia
Theme: ASEAN Cardiology: Today and Tomorrow
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer: Dr Lily Rilantono, Indonesia
 
8th | 1990 | Singapore | Dr Joseph Sheares
Theme: ASEAN Cardiology in the Nineties
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer: Dr Kumpol Prachaubmoh, Thailand
Lecture title: Changing Patterns of Cardiac Surgery in ASEAN Countries
 
9th | 1992 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Dr Kenneth Chin
 
10th | 1994 | Bangkok, Thailand | Dr Prinya Sakiyalak
The importance of exercise was emphasised in this congress.  There was a daily morning jog before the start of the scientific sessions.
 
11th | July 1997 | Jakarta, Indonesia | Dr Dede Kusmana
The congress was held in conjunction with the 5th ASIAN-Pacific Congress of Cardiac Rehabilitation. 
Theme: 21st Century Cardiovascular Challenges
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer: Dr Richard Ng, Singapore
 
12th | 1998 | Manila, Philippines | Dr Antonio S Sibulo
Theme: ASEAN Cardiology in the Heart of the Next Millenium
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer: Dr Boede Damojo, Indonesia
 
13th | 2000 Singapore | Dr Richard Ng
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer: Dr Boonchob Pangspanich, Thailand
 
14th | 2002 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Dr David Quek
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer: Dr Homobono B. Calleja, Philippines
 
15th | October 2004 | Pataya, Thailand | Dr Supachai Chaithirphan
Theme:  New Horizon in Cardiology
Lecture title: 30 Years of the ASEAN federation of Cardiology. What is the Big Picture?
 
16th | April 2007 | Bali, Indonesia | Prof Harmani Kalim
Theme: Challenges and Opportunities in Prevention and Management of Heart Disease in ASEAN
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer: Dr Prinya Sakiyalak, Thailand
Lecture title: Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Training in ASEAN
 
17th | Oct 2008 | Hanoi, Vietnam | Prof Pham Gia Khai
Theme: Together to Reduce the Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in ASEAN
 
18th | December 2010 | Cebu, Philippines | Prof Eleanor A Lopez
Theme: Confronting Changes and Challenges in Cardiology: An ASEAN Perspective
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer: Prof Pham Gia Khai
 
19th | July 2012 | Singapore | Dr Kenny Sin Yoong Kong
Theme: Cardiovascular Care – Prevention to Perfection (P2P)
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer:  Dr Santoso Karo Karo, Indonesia
Lecture title: Sudden Cardiac Death in ASEAN countries: Early Management and Prevention
 
20th | April 2014| Malaysia | Dr Rosli Mohd Ali
Theme: Achieving Finest Cardiology Care
Sukaman Memorial Lecturer:  Prof Chia Boon Lock, Singapore
Lecture title: ST Segment Elevation: New Electrocardiographic Insights in 2014