The 11th SIOP Asia Congress was successfully held in May 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Asia SIOP was held on 13 October 2017 at Washington DC. A total of 30 SIOP Asia members attended the meeting and 3 CCI members were also present. Since the 50th SIOP Congress will be held in Kyoto, Japan in 2018, the AGM had decided to skip the annual SIOP Asia congress in 2018. In the AGM meeting, bidding for 2019 Asia SIOP Congress was presented by the Local Organizing Committee from United Arab Emirates (UAE). The congress will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 5-7 April 2019, with a pre-congress workshop on 4 April 2019. After the presentation and discussion, the bidding by Abu Dhabi to host the 12th Asia SIOP Congress in 2019 was approved.
The Newsletter of Asia SIOP is continued at two issues per year. The Newsletter Editor, Dr. Maya Prasad, has produced the very high quality newsletter which is distributed to members by email and also uploaded to the Asia SIOP website. Contributions from members are welcome and sharing of the professional and parent/survivor activities in the regions such as activities of International Childhood Cancer Day, are particularly welcome.
A Booklet on Asian Paediatric Haematology & Oncology Societies and Centres is now produced with contributions from 19 countries and region. Some countries had both the national societies and the NGOs, while some only had either one of the organization. The Booklet is now available at the SIOP Asia website (http://siop-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Childhood-Cancer-Resources-Directory-Asia_final-v170908.pdf ). The next phase will be contributions from individual treatment centres after vetting by national societies. A new category of Asia SIOP Membership, non-voting member, was created last year. Since then there were about 20 applications received and the applications was endorsed by the Executive Board of SIOP Asia.
The election for President-elect of Asia continent was successfully conducted, and Dr. Rashmi Dalvi from Mumbai was elected. Congratulation to Dr. Dalvi and also welcome Dr. Dalvi joining the Executive Board of SIOP Asia. She will take up the Presidency at the Kyoto Congress in 2018.