Annals qf the MBC - vol. 3 - n' 2 -
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MBC PRESIDENTS AND SECRETARY
GENERAL'S REPORTS 1988-89
The General Assembly of the Club has
the task of examining the Club's activity in the past year.
Approval of the Agenda
Approval of Final Balance 1988
Approval of Budget 1989
Proposal of Future Activities and International Collaboration
Enlargement of MBC
Date and Place of the next Meeting
It is your President's pleasure to report that many positive developments have taken place
during the brief period since our last Assembly. 1
shall only give a sketch of the highlights and let our able Secretary General expand on
any point which may call for information.
1. International relations
The MBC is being increasingly acknowledged as a prime professional association and its
cooperation is being increasingly solicited.
- Within the United Nations Decade for Natural Disaster
Reduction (IDNDR, 1990-2000) the MBC has been identified as its fire-prevention and
burn care facility.
- The Commission of European Communities (Common Market)
looks upon the MBC as a strong link in its vast Civil Protection programme.
- The World Association for Emergency and Disaster Medicine
has strong links with the MBC as its principal thermal injury adviser.
- The burns courses of the training programme of CEMEC (the
European Centre for Disaster Medicine) and of ICDO (International Civil Defence
Organization) are assured by the MBC through Professor Masellis's excellent department.
- Through the same department the MBC is also part of the
United Nations Emergency Data Collecting network.
2. International participation
Upon invitation, the MBC has been present and presented papers at:
- Emergency 88 (London, 1988)
- The International Medical Care Development Congress in
Washington (August 1989)
- Greek refresher course on Burns (January 1989) ISBI
Rehabilitation refreshing Course, Yugoslavia (1989)
- 6th World Conference on Emergency and Disaster Medicine,
Hong Kong (September 1989)
- French Burn Society (September 1989) and
- Spanish International Symposium on Burns (October 1989)
3. Membership expansion
Membership in MBC is constantly increasing. We have started proceedings to contact Albania
and Monaco so that MBC will be fully representative of the Mediterranean Basin.
4. International Civil Defence Organization
MBC has been officially nominated as a "Regional Training Centre" of ICDO.
Additionally a special Agreement has been prepared on cooperation.
This indeed is becoming a major and most worthwhile activity of MBC and the 1989 Course
was a great success.
The ten annual scholarships given by MBC are an important contribution to quality burn
care and something we can be proud of.
7. Burn disasters
The obvious expertise in MBC of disaster specialists is attracting much attention and it
is the general feeling that we should expand our programme of burn emergencies to include
disasters. This is a growing field in which we can be pioneers. 1 would personally
encourage MBC members to join also the World Association for Emergency and Disaster
8. The First World Congress on Burns
and Fire Disaster
This will be held in Palermo in September 1990 and is a successful and logical outcome of
note 7 above.
The ---ANNALSof the M13C" has established successful exchange mechanisms with other
burn and disaster publications.
10. New commissions
In view of all these developments and expanded interests 1 would like to
propose the creation of three new Commissions:
- Commission for the Promotion of Burn Care Facilities in
Mediterranean countries (contacts with governments, universities, hospitals)
- Commission for Prevention of Burns and Fire Injuries
- Commission on Nursing and Paramedical Professions.
11. The 4th General Assembly
This will be held in Rabat thanks to the invitation of our Morroccan friends.
In the meantime we all thank warmly our Egyptian friends for their tremendous work in
hosting us in Cairo and wish the MBC every success.
Secretary General's report
- It is necessary to mention the activity of 1988 which we
already discussed in last year's Assembly, because later the final balance of 1988 has to
- As said in the last Assembly - and I repeat what Is stated
in the Minutes of the meeting - the activities of 1988 fell within those established in
the three-year programme approved during the first Meeting in Palermo.
- The Club follows three main directions:
- Promotion, cultural exchanges, and cooperation
- Organization of a Centre for the coordination of all the
In 1988, the prevention sector continued its
activity of preparing didactic, illustrative material aimed at promoting prevention
awareness. a 1) In particular, during the year, attention was directed not only to
videotapes but also to other popularizing means, such as posters, colouring albums,
notices and folders.
These were compiled with the collaboration
of specialized persons - psychologists, cartoonists and architects - in order to find the
most salient points to be illustrated. The work is not yet complete and we must all try to
make useful suggestions for its full realization.
The experts have pointed out that each individual country may have specific features to be
included in the prevention campaign. Regarding the best way of publicizing this material I
would like to ask the Assembly. if it considers it useful to continue to use the
Representatives of the individual countries, who would have the obligation of distributing
the material, or possibly someone can suggest other methods. In order to reduce the
production costs of this material the MBC has acquired apparatus for design management by
means of which we are able to produce drawings and slides and to print part of them. This
is the only way we can get round the very high cost of printing. So far the technical
personnel used has been on a volunteer basis, without any administrative cost involvement.
a2) The prevention sector in 1989 once
again resumed videotape production. Three have been made:
- The prevention of electrical burns in everyday life
- The prevention of industrial electrical accidents
- Prevention in disasters
- Other videotapes have been prepared, using a collage
technique, of films of actual events or scenes taken from films. These can be used for
teaching purposes and in refresher courses on nuclear problems and fires in general.
a 3) Printed material (posters, notices,
etc.) has continued to be produced.
b) Promotion and Cultural Exchanges
b 1) In 1988 only seven
scholarships were awarded, and of these only three have been taken up so far. In 1989
thirteen were awarded, the remaining two were put aside, as the winners for valid reasons
were unable to take them up. We are of the opinion that they must do so by March;
otherwise we will use the scholarships for 1990.
It sometimes happens that after awarding a scholarship we hear no more from the winner and
the scholarship money remains unused!
b 2) Cultural Promotion
In 1988 the Club began to prepare the organizational activity of a Didactic Centre for
The financial commitment was not high as it was possible to use equipment in the Division
of Plastic Surgery, which made it available for the Club. The second Meeting of the Club
was organized in Palermo.
b 3) In 1989 the MBC contributed to the
organization of the third Meeting, in Cairo.
The Directive Council has decided to support the Meeting - and it hopes to be able to do
so every year also in favour of other organizing countries - both financially, with a
contribution of 25 million lire and by preparing promotional material at the expense of
the MBC (folders, headed notepaper, pamphlets, etc.).
b 4) The first Refresher course was held
in Palermo in June 1989.
b 5) The MBC pays most of the cost of the
journal -Annals of the MBC-, which succeeds in managing itself, thanks also to income from
The cost of the journal is related to the expenses of printing, linguistic advice,
secretarial work, postage and stationery.
The journal has reached its sixth issue, and we have succeeded in publishing it regularly
every three months, with a circulation of 3000 copies,(it is also sent to ISBI burns
specialists and to other experts).
1 would point out that a letter was sent to all members informing them that the fourth
issue of each year (December) is devoted to works that they wish to publish, while the
first three contain the proceedings of the annual Meetings.
b 6) Valid relations have been set up with the publishers
of several other journals, which publish the contents of our issue, as we publish theirs.
c) Management of the Coordination Centre
c 1) In 1989 the Club began to
acquire the necessary equipment to set up in the Club a Centre for bibliographical
research available for all.
This work began in 1989 and at the same time the delicate work of collecting all the
bibliographical data, with relevant summaries, is also in progress.
It is expected to finish the work by the end of 1990.
c 2) The Centre will be equipped with a
Modem for computer link-ups by telephone.
c 3) The Secretariat has acquired a fax
machine, as announced in the Annals.
c 4) We are also preparing a Centre for
the collection and processing of images; we will give further information when we can.
3. Approval of the 1988 Budget
3. 1. The final budget is
submitted for our approval.
If anyone wishes to examine the balance Dr Sferrazza, the Treasurer, will make it
It reflects what was established in the 1987 budget and fortunately it was possible to
close in parity.
3. 2. 1 will also present the budget for
1989, which reflects what was established in the three-year budget you approved in 1986 at
the first Meeting. It is articulated along the three directives that we already mentioned.
3. 3. Speaking of the approval of budgets,
1 have to submit to your attention an administrative procedure suggested to us by our
Bank. If this procedure has your approval it would allow us to overcome certain
bureaucratic conditions which the Italian law and the Sicilian Regional law, which
regulate our financing, impose if certain deadlines are not respected. 1 will present the
text to you and 1 ask for your approval, together with your approval of the budget.
"The constitutive law of the MBC provides that settlement of the contribution shall
be made after the General Assembly has approved the balance and at the latest in the month
of June of every year.
Since for organizational reasons the Assembly meets after that date, the supply of the
contribution undergoes consequent delay.
Therefore, to obviate this inconvenience, we ask the Assembly to approve the acceptance of
a bank financing as an advance on contributions from public and private bodies.
The Assembly also approves the issue of a special power of attorney for the collection of
the said contributions and ct)nfers power for the preparation of the relevant deeds".
4. Treasurer's Report
Dr Sferrazza communicates the
excellent news that he is still able to balance the budget. The accounts are available for
5. New International Prospects
5. 1. The MBC has been invited to
organize the first International Conference on Burns and Fire Disasters.
5. 2. We have been involved in the holding
of courses outside the Mediterranean area.
This years we have been invited to Lahore in Pakistan. As this is the first experience, I
felt, as also the President, that we could involve only Italian colleagues, who are
participating as a favour in this new experience which we wish to test. If the experience
proves positive, all Members will certainly be involved in turns as done in the June
course in Palermo. It is my opinion that the MBC should be present if invited, but with a
guarantee of dignity and scientific efficiency.
5. 3. The ICDO has invited us to hold
training courses for Mediterranean countries and Africa. It is our intention to use all
MBC colleagues in these biennial courses, which will be held in Palermo, so that Club
equipment can be used.
6. Election of the MBC
Representative for the Scholarship Awards
6. 1. It is necessary to elect
this member for the award of the scholarship in 1990.
7. New Members Wishing to Join the Club
The list is presented to you for your approval. We are pleased that so many specialists
8. 1990 Meeting
The proposal by our colleaugues from Morocco to hold the next Meeting in Rabat is still
valid. The date will be end November or December.
8. 1. Aim of the Meeting: The need for
Burns Centres 1 n developing countries - Themes: Prevention, Management of acute burn
patients, Sequelae, Organization of Burn Centres.
I have received a telephone call from Dr. Derfoufi who told me on behalf of Prof. Belmahi
that he xAas not present here because of unavoidable engagements: he formally confirmed
their willingness to hold the Meeting in Morocco in 1990.
If any colleague wishes to request to organize the Meeting after next, he is invited to do
so officially c~en now.,
9. Other Business
9. 1. Some members have suggested
the institution of some study commitees within the MBC. We think this proposal is useful.
In particular the following committees could be set up:
- Committee for prevention (Ferrara, Rosemberg)
- Committee for the study and analysis of structures existing
in the Mediterranean area (Zdravic, Joannovich)
- Committee for nurse support (Palanque, Quattrim,
It would be useful to approve their
constitution and the number of their constituent members and to entrust to a restricted
number a study of operational plans. With regard to this I wish to read you a letter.
9. 2. 1 received the following letter from
our Spanish colleagues: The Spanish members of MBC, in consideration of the fact that Dr
Banuelos is representative member of the ISBI and of the EBA, propose the nomination of Dr
Francisco Martelo Villar, as Representative Member of MBC.
9. 3. Participation of the Club in the
scientific activities of various countries.
- At Metz in France, where our colleagues organized the
Annual Congress of the efficient French Burns Society.
- At Leon in Spain, where the Secretary General of the
International Symposium on Burns and I saw the foundations laid for the constitution of
the Spanish Burns Society.
- The President was invited to several important
international meetings, as stated in his Report.