Executive Committee meeting
The Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Federation (APDSF) AGM for the year 2018 was organized at the Taj Samudra, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on the 8th and 9th of December 2018. Participants from 13 countries participated in the event. Due to internal issues, Bangladesh and Bhutan could not be represented. The participating countries were
- Sri Lanka
This was the first time that UAE and Maldives were attending the event.
The Executive Committee meeting and the AGM was on the 8th of December. Discussions on how to improve the condition of persons with Down syndrome, how APDSF could make relevant contributions to the various countries and ways to achieve the objectives of APDSF were discussed. During the AGM which was in the second half of the 8th of September, the countries were informed about steps that would be taken to ensure a better quality of life for persons with Down syndrome.
Discussions with the medical panel to identify areas where countries needed assistance from them, Issues related to Down syndrome, forming Medical Interest Groups spanning all the APDSF countries and providing medical news/information in the APDSF newsletter - APDSF e-News were also discussed. An idea to create a database of persons with Down syndrome throughout the region was also discussed.
On the evening of the 8th of December, an awards function to present the APDSF Excellence Awards was organized. With mind-blowing performances by Sri Lankan artists, this event was followed by a Presidential Dinner. The winners of the awards were
- APDSF Excellence Awards for the Cause of Down syndrome – Dr. Pornswan Wasan from Thailand
- APDSF Excellence Awards for Self Advocacy – Mr. Ashish Joshi from Nepal.
Mr. Muttiah Muralitharan, the legendary spinner and the Brand Ambassador for Down syndrome from Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest. He presented the awards to the winners amidst cheer. His humility and simplicity was amazing.
Country reports from the various countries – including those not present were done on the 2nd day – 9th of December 2018. A lively interaction session followed where countries realized that there is a lot more to learn from each other. UAE, the host for the next World Down Syndrome Congress in 2019 invited the APDSF countries for the event.
The take away from the event was that considerable development needs to be done in the region. Each country has something to offer in terms of advancement in the field of Down syndrome and it is essential, as Mr.N. Ramachandran, President APDSF stated that all of us need to unite and imbibe from each other.