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Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies (CAMS)

CAMS IS ONE OF THE ORGANS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MENOPAUSE SOCIETY. IT WAS CREATED TO PROVIDE A DEMOCRATIC FORUM WITH EQUAL MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING RIGHTS FOR ALL NATIONAL SOCIETIES AFFILIATED WITH THE IMS. THE CONTROLLING COMMITTEE OF THE IMS (THE BOARD), BY VIRTUE OF ITS LIMITED SIZE, COULD NOT HAVE A MEMBER FROM EVERY COUNTRY. CAMS, ON THE OTHER HAND, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE SIZE OR NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF A NATIONAL OR REGIONAL SOCIETY, ALLOWS ONE MEMBER FROM EACH ONTO ITS BOARD.

Membership of CAMS

At the CAMS General Assembly at the 11th World Congress in Buenos Aires, October 2005, the members agreed that member countries should no longer pay annual membership fees. Membership is thus open to any national or regional menopause society that has been accepted for affiliation to the IMS. Enquiries concerning the criteria for affiliation should be addressed to the Executive Director.
Each member society of CAMS is represented on the Council by its appointed delegate, with each society having one delegate, however large or small that society is. Each delegate has one vote in decisions made by the Council. The Council meets in person at least once every 2 years, at the World Congress, and it is hoped to plan additional meetings between the Congresses.

The Members of CAMS

In June 2016, the members of CAMS are:

Society Representative Name of Societies
APMF Chua Yang The Asia Pacific Menopause Federation
Argentina (AAPEC) Nestor Siseles Asociacion Argentina Para el Estudio del Climaterio
Australasia Bronwyn Stuckey Australasian Menopause Society
Austria Gerold Holzer Austrian Menopause Society
Bangladesh Sk. Zinnat Ara Nasreen Bangladesh Menopause Society
Belgium Axelle Pintiaux Belgian Menopause Society
Brazil (SOBRAC) Luciano de Melo Pompei Brazilian Menopause and Climacteric Society
Britain Heather Currie British Menopause Society
Canada (SIGMA) Chui Kin Yuen The Canadian Menopause Society
Chile Isidoro Navarrete Arriagada Sociedad Chilena de Climaterio
Colombia Camilo Rueda Beltz Asociacion Colombiana de Menopausia
Costa Rica (ACCYM) Alberto Calderon Zuniga Costa Rican Association of Climacteric and Menopause
Croatia Marina Sprem Goldstajn Croatian Menopause Society
Czech Republic Tomas Fait Czech Menopause and Andropause Society
Dominican Republic Ascanio Bencosme Sociedad Dominicana de Menopausia
EMAS Margaret Rees European Menopause and Andropause Society
FLASCYM Alfredo Dulon Federacion LatinoAmericana de Asociaciones y Sociedades de Climaterio y Menopausia
FRACYM Gerardo Broutin Federacion Region A de Climaterio y Menopausia
France (GEMVI) Patrice Lopes Groupe étude de la ménopause et du vieillissement hormonal
Germany Ludwig Kiesel German Menopause Society
Greece Irene Lambrinoudaki Hellenic Society of Climacterium and Menopause
Hungary Karoly Toth Hungarian Menopause Society
India Jyothi Unni Indian Menopause Society
Indonesia (PERMI) Sjarief Darmasetiawan Perkumpulan Menopause Indonesia
Israel Bari Kaplan Israel Menopause Society
Italy (SIM) Andrea Genazzani Societa Italiana della Menopausa
Japan Hideki Mizunuma Japan Society for Menopause and Women's Health
Korea Byung Seok Lee Korean Society of Menopause
Mexico (AMEC) Jose Roberto Silvestri Tomassoni Asociacion Mexicana para el Estudio del Climaterio
Mongolia (MMAS) Tsedmaa Baatar Mongolian Menopause and Andropause Society
North America (NAMS) JoAnn Pinkerton North American Menopause Society
Netherlands Dorenda van Dijken Dutch Menopause Society
Nicaragua (ANCYM) Maria Delma Mejia Algaba Asociacion Nicaraguense de Climaterio y Menopausia
Pakistan Rubina Hussain Pakistan Menopause Society
Panama Carmen Troya Sociedad Panamena de Obstetricia y Ginecologia (Seccion de Climaterio)
Paraguay Zully Benitez Sociedad Paraguaya de Climaterio y Menopausia
Peru Carlos Miranda Madge Sociedad Peruana del Climaterio
Philippines (PSCM) Marianne Aguinaldo Philippine Society of Climacteric Medicine
Russia Vera Smetnik Russian Menopause Society
South Africa (SAMS) Franco Guidozzi South African Menopause Society
Spain (AEEM) Plácido Llaneza Asociacion Espanola para el Estudio fde la Menopausia
Switzerland Katharina Schiessl Swiss Menopause Society
Taiwan Yung-Chie Tsai Taiwanese Menopause Society
Thailand Unnop Jaisamrarn Thai Menopause Society
Turkey Erdogan Ertungealp Turkish Menopause and Osteoporosis Society
United Arab Emirates (EMAMS) Randa Mostafa Emirates Medical Association Menopause Society

The CAMS Officers

There are three Officers serving on the CAMS Board: The Chairman, the General Secretary and the Treasurer. Camil Castelo-Branco (Spain) was re-elected as Chairman, David Archer (USA) as Treasurer and Peter Chedraui (Ecuador) as Secretary at the Board Meeting in Prague in September 2016. Board Officers are elected for a period of 2 years and can seek re-election for a second term of 2 years.

World Menopause Month

The International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated October 18 as World Menopause Day. In observation of the Day, the IMS and the member national societies of CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies, distribute materials and organize activities to inform women about menopause, its management and the impact of estrogen loss. Since it is not always possible for local societies to arrange activities for this specific day, the IMS has now designated October as World Menopause Month. Local societies can also collaborate with other organizations working in the field of adult women's health, such as societies for osteoporosis and breast cancer, to organize joint events. World Menopause Month can also be a call to implement policies that support research and treatment in the area of menopausal health.
As the world’s population ages, there will be increasing numbers of women entering menopause and living beyond post menopause. The potential symptoms of menopause may have a negative impact on the quality of daily life. Moreover, the consequences of menopause can lead to a host of age-related diseases including heart disease and osteoporosis. Nations around the world should continue to educate women about menopause and the benefits of preventive health care.
The IMS hopes that national societies will take the opportunity of World Menopause Month to highlight the increasing importance of menopausal health issues, by contacting the women of their country to encourage them to talk to their doctors about menopause and its long-term effects.

Click here for more information on World Menopause Day 2016.

CAMS Website

CAMS Chairman, Camil Castelo-Branco, runs a seperate website for CAMS at https://sites.google.com/site/councilaffmenopsoc/; please support his initiative.