Dr.M.A.Wali was regarded as one of the leading skin specialist of South Asia. He started his career as a medical officer in leprosy and was inspired in his mission by Christ ideal’s to the lepers as related in Sura Al Imran in the Holy Quran. He obtained FDS from England in 1978. He was an eminent social worker who also worked with Mother Theresa for the rehabilitation of the people affected by leprosy.
As patron for the 17th National Conference of IASSTD & AIDS, held at Calcutta in 1993, he was enthusiastically involved in organizing the conference which received the blessings of Mother Theresa in person. Unfortunately, the cruel hands of death snatched him away from us, just three weeks before the conference. His demise has been an irreparable loss to the Association. In memory of Late Dr.M.A.Wali, members of IASSTD & AIDS from West Bengal have raised funds and requested IASSTD & AIDS to install an oration in his name as “Dr.M.A.Wali Oration”. Members of IASSTD & AIDS appreciated and accepting the initiation taken by West Bengal Members and decided to install the oration from the year 1997. This oration is being delivered once in two years at the National Conference.
The following are those who have delivered the Dr.M.A.WALI Oration since its inception:
|1997||21st National Conference||Chennai||Dr.A.S. Thambiah|
|1999||23rd National Conference||Visakhapatnam||Dr. Hendrick J Hulse Bosch|
|2001||25th National Conference||Jaipur||Dr. Joshi John|
|2003||27th National Conference||Vadodara||Dr.G.C. Saha|
|2005||29th National Conference||Kolkata||Dr.N. Usman|
|2007||31st National Conference||Rhotak||Dr.V.K. Sharma|
|2009||33rd National Conference||Khajuraho||Dr. Bimal Charles|
|2011||35th National Conference||New Delhi||Dr. Yogesh Sashikant Marfatia|
|2013||37th National Conference||Mysore||Smarajit Jana|
|2015||39th National Conference||Coimbatore||Dr.P.Jeyasingh|