International Maritime Health Association

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IMHA International Maritime Health Association logo

The International Maritime Health Association IMHA focuses on maritime health and safety with the objective to improve the quality of health of seafarers, fishermen, and port workers. The IMHA was founded on June 17, 1997, during the 4th ISMH in Oslo, Norway chaired by Mohammed Saeme, who was also its first president.[1][2] IMHA develops standards aim to improve the maritime health practices internationally, coordinating with national maritime authorities, the maritime industry, unions, and other international organizations.

International Symposia on Maritime Health[edit]

IMHA holds the International Symposium on Maritime Health for members to present their studies on international maritime health biannually. The inaugurate symposium was in Turku Finland, 1991. The 10th ISMH was held in Goa, India.[3] The 11th and 12th ISMH was held at Odessa in 2011 and France in 2013, respectively. Then in Bergen 2015 and Hamburg 2019 . The scheduled ISMH 16 - ATHENS, JUNE 2021 was cancelled due to the pandemic but reactivated in Sep 2023. Altogether these 15 symposia held over 30 years served for discussions, creation of friendships and trusts in the creation of MAHRE-Net 2020 - see below.

IMHA-Research 2014-2019[edit]

IMHA Research logo created by Luisa Canals, Chair of the IMHA-Research

IMHA Research was founded as a subgroup to IMHA in 2014 after some years of discussions [4] and further developed especially related to the mental health and well-being promotion strategy by the European Commission[5] The objectives were to provide a foundation safe and healthy preventive strategies within the UN Global Sustainable Goals, especially Goal 3: Good health and well-being for all workers and Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Further, to encourage health research collaboration within and across disciplinary boundaries to establish evidence that will benefit the health of seafarers and help to improve safety and operational efficiency in the maritime sector. The activities in IMHA-Research declined over the years especially also caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic that hinders international meetings.

Maritime Health Research and Education-Net MAHRE-Net[edit]

Based on friendships and discussions over thirty years during the International Maritime Symposia the MAHRE-Net was founded in Zoom meeting 3 Sep 2020 5pm CET by members of IMHA-Research as an independent, non-profit Network. The aim is to improve and further develop the maritime health research and education based on the ideas and the work in IMHA-research, and recognized by the IMHA Board of Directors.[6][7][8][9] The research programs and the methodological education Diplomas are not only for the maritime areas but for all industries. The background for MAHRE-Net origines from some similar research and educative initiatives like the International Maritime Health Surveillance Project 1997–2005,[10] the Occupational Health Risk Surveillance program in Wikiversity 2018-2021, the Occupational Medicine Wikibook 2014-2021,The Maritime Clinical Colloquial Network in Clinica Einstein, Panamá 2016-2019, the Education and the Research in Occupational Medicine Residency program in the University of Panamá 2017-2020. The members of Mahre-Net come from national and international maritime- and occupational health organisations like International Commission of Occupational HealthICOH, the SEMM Spanish Society of Maritime Medicine,Danish Society for Maritime Medicine, the French Society for Maritime Medicine and others. The aim is to provide a foundation safe and healthy preventive strategies within the UN Global Sustainable Goals, especially Goal 3: Good health and well-being for all workers; Goal 4: Quality education; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and Goal 17: working together to reach the goals.

The International Diabetes and Hypertension Research Group[edit]

On the 12 Jan 2022, The International Diabetes and Hypertension Research Group[11][12] for fishers, seafarers and other transport workers was created in a Zoom conference by specialists in diabetes epidemiology, diabetology, occupational and maritime medicine and public health with participation from Greenland, Russia, Denmark, Spain, France, Panamá and The Filippines. The aim is to provide a foundation for safe and healthy preventive strategies within the UN Global Sustainable Goals, especially Goal 3: Good health and well-being for all, Goal 4: Quality education; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and Goal 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals - with the primary tasks:

  1. Revision of the ILO Guidelines for medical examinations (Urine dipstick to be replaced by valid methods)[13]
  2. Screening program for T2DM and Hypertension via routine medical fit-for-duty exams Jensen, Olaf Chresten, Agnes Flores, Victoria Corman, Maria Luisa Canals, David Lucas, Ilona Denisenko, Don Eliseo-Iii Lucero-Prisno, et al. [14]
  1. Revision of the ILO Guidelines for medical examination for seafarers
  2. Revision of the WHO International Medical Guide for Ships
  3. Revision of the Ships Medical Chest

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Information about the beginning of IMHA". Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "INTERNATIONAL MARITIME HEALTH ASSOCIATION (IMHA)". Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "IMHA - International Maritime Health Association". IMHA. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "IMHAResearchPresentation2016[8513].PDF" (PDF).[self-published source?]
  5. ^ Jensen, Olaf; Canals, MLuisa; Andrioti, Debbie (6 December 2017). "The Global Maritime Mental Health Promotion Program". International Journal of Community & Family Medicine. 2 (2). doi:10.15344/2456-3498/2017/134.
  6. ^ https://www.dropbox.com/s/h653flrpb8wbv4c/MAHRE-Net%20presentation.pptx?dl=0 En-MAHRE-Net pptx[self-published source?][full citation needed]
  7. ^ https://vimeo.com/576516703 Webinar 15-07-2021 Orientation MAHRE-Net
  8. ^ Jensen, Olaf C.; Flores, Agnes; Canals, Maria Luisa; Lucas, David; Denisenko, Ilona; Lucero-Prisno, Don Eliseo-III; Corman, Victoria (2021). "Global occupational health research methods education". MethodsX. 8: 101436. doi:10.1016/j.mex.2021.101436. PMC 8374699. PMID 34434855.
  9. ^ http://mahre-net.mono.net/ Mahre-Net homepage
  10. ^ Jensen, OC; Laursen, FV; Sørensen, FL (2001). "International surveillance of seafarers' health and working environment. A pilot study of the method. Preliminary report". International Maritime Health. 52 (1–4): 59–67. PMID 11817842.
  11. ^ "Maritime Health Research and Education-NET/The International Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension Research Group - Wikiversity".
  12. ^ "The International Diabetes and Hypertension Research Group in seafaring, fishing and transport workers".
  13. ^ Jensen, Olaf C.; Flores, Agnes; Corman, Victoria; Canals, Maria Luisa; Lucas, David; Denisenko, Ilona; Lucero-Prisno, Don Eliseo-III; Secher, Anna Elisabet Lilja; Andersen, Gregers Stig; Jørgensen, Marit Eika; Gyntelberg, Finn (4 January 2022). "Early diagnosis of T2DM using high sensitive tests in the mandatory medical examinations for fishers, seafarers and other transport workers". Primary Care Diabetes. 16 (1): 211–213. doi:10.1016/j.pcd.2021.12.018. PMID 34996691. S2CID 245733226.
  14. ^ “Screening for Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension in Seafarers’ Medical Examinations.” International Maritime Health 73, no. 2 (2022): 64–72. https://doi.org/10.5603/IMH.2022.0010.

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