South East Asia
Regional Area Councilor: Umesh Kapil

IEA/SEA maintains its own website.  Regional News is featured below.

The health system in most countries of WHO South-East Asia (SEA) Region face a serious challenge with the current convergence of factors such as the recent economic crisis, climate change, emergence of new infectious agents, rising burden of non-communicable diseases, and the continuing poor health indicators, especially the high child and maternal mortality. The situation has been further aggravated by the increasing emphasis on urban facilities for tertiary care. This focus is not limited to the private sector; public sector too spends the vast majority of its budget on urban hospital based care. To respond effectively to these challenges, strategic thinking and strengthening of public health infrastructure and capacity is required today, as never before. This calls for enhancing efficiency of public health system, evidence based prioritisation and focusing on Equity and Social Justice in order to protect the poor and the most vulnerable populations. A basic tool for such decision making is Epidemiology. Epidemiology is the science that focuses on the distribution of health and of the determinants of deviations from health in populations. The IEASEA Region website is an opportunity to bring together various stakeholders and create valuable learning experience on how to provide quality health services which reach out to all the population, regardless of their status, poverty, and location, with equity and social justice as prime guiding principles. Believing strongly that the tool of epidemiology has the potential to empower scientists and programme managers to accurately and reliably gather evidence about the relevance, severity, frequency of occurrence and course of specific diseases in the community, the website seeks to create an opportunity to demonstrate, share experiences and discuss about the application of epidemiological principles for public health action. The main objective is to promote the role of epidemiology for public health action and advocate for its application for national program development and management, be it communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, environmental health or health system development.

 

Regional News

 Congratulations to IEA's 2021-24 Councilors (8/3/2021) 
   

IEA Council Election Results, 2021-24


Of 1592 eligible IEA members, about half (764) voted during December 15-30, 2020. Every election was independently certified as having no evidence of fraud. Regional councilors were elected by IEA members in good standing who reside in the specific region. The new Executive and Council members will assume their offices at the World Congress of Epidemiology, currently scheduled to take place 3-6 September 2021. Their terms will last until the next World Congress of Epidemiology, currently scheduled for September 2024.

Newly Elected IEA Council Members for the next IEA period of office are:

Officers of the Executive Committee

President: Chandra Mani Pandey

President-Elect: Akindele Adebiyi

Past President: Henrique Barros

Secretary: Karina Braga Ribeiro

Treasurer: Yosikazu Nakamura

 
Regional representatives

Africa Region: Armanda Nkwescheu
European Region: Linda O’Keeffe
Latin America & Caribbean Region: Pedro Hallal
Middle East/North Africa Region: Mary Deeb
North America Region: Jennifer Salerno
Southeast Asia Region: Umesh Kapil
Western Pacific Region: Chihaya Koriyama
Early Career Epidemiologist: Ritu Pradhan Sharma (Southeast Asia Region)

 


 IJE Seeks Talented Editors (5/7/2021) 
   

IJE Seeking Editorial Assistance

The International Journal of Epidemiology, led by Editor-in-Chief Stephen Leeder, is looking for help. Editorial assistance is needed from those with expertise in the fields of:

  • Alcohol
  • Cancer
  • Environmental
  • Statistics
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Big Data/Machine Learning
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition/Diet
  • Metabolomics
  • Epidemiology Methods/Modeling
  • Respiratory
  • Occupational Epidemiology

Volunteers from lower-middle income countries are especially welcome. Please email a letter of interest and any editorial credentials to Stephen.leeder@sydney.edu.au

 


 Cesar Vitora Wins 2021 Richard Doll Prize (5/7/2021) 
   

Cesar Victora named winner of 2021 Richard Doll Prize in Epidemiology

Cesar Victora, Emeritus Professor of Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil, and Director, International Center for Equity in Health, has been named the winner of the 2021 Richard Doll Prize in Epidemiology.

The Richard Doll Prize is awarded by IEA in commemoration of Richard Doll’s legacy and his achievements in epidemiology. The prize is for a body of scientific research in epidemiology that has advanced understanding of conditions that are important for population health.

Victora's research has driven global policies on breastfeeding, child nutrition and inequalities in health. He has applied and advanced epidemiological methods to maternal and child health, initially in his home country and later in dozens of low and middle-income countries. His studies in the 1980s led to the discovery of the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for infant survival, which shaped World Health Organization policies in 1991. His leading role in the creation of the WHO Child Growth Standards led to growth curves that are now used in over 140 countries. He leads the Pelotas Birth Cohort Studies (1982, 1993, 2004 and 2015) which have made major contributions to recognition of the importance of early nutrition for adult health and human capital. More recently, he became a global leader in the study of inequalities in maternal and child health, and his team provides global analyses that are widely used by international organizations.

Having opted to remain in Brazil throughout his career, he has honorary appointments at Oxford University, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is a member of the editorial board of many journals, including The Lancet. In Brazil, he founded the Post-Graduate Program in Epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas, a remote location without any research activity until the 1980s and led this program to become the top-ranked program in the Ministry of Education’s scoring system for over 80 Public Health programs in the country.


 Early Career Epidemiologist Representatives Elected (5/7/2021) 
   

Early Career Epidemiologist Elections Conclude

The election of regional Early Career Epidemiologist representatives has concluded. Winning candidates for each region are:

  • Dr. Moleen Dzikiti, Africa Region
  • Rajini Nagrani, Europe Region
  • Ghinwa El Hayek, MPH, Middle East North Africa Region
  • Astou Thiam, North America Region
  • Dr. Ritu Pradhan Sharma, South East Asia Region, and member of IEA Council
  • Dr. Gazaleh Dashti, Western Pacific Region

A candidate was not elected in the Latin American & Caribbean Region.

IEA defines Early Career Epidemiologists as those currently enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate course of study in a subject relevant to epidemiology, or who have worked in the field of epidemiology for not more than ten years.

Elected representatives will serve for the next three years starting at the conclusion of the 2021 IEA World Congress of Epidemiology in Melbourne, Australia (http://ieaweb.org). Terms will end at the conclusion of the 2024 World Congress of Epidemiology.

Per IEA’s Constitution and Bylaws, the representative elected from the region that will be hosting the next World Congress of Epidemiology will become the ECE Council Member. This person will liaise with the ECE representatives in all regions, formulate proposals for ECE activities, and represent the interests of ECE members to Council. The 2024 WCE will be held in Goa, India.


 In Memoriam - Vinod Srivastava (5/7/2021) 
   

In Memoriam

Vinod Srivastava, MD, DPH, M Sc, FIPHA, FIAPSM, FAMS, FSMS

It is with immense grief that we inform members of the IEA and public health community about the passing of Professor Vinod Srivastava – an internationally acclaimed epidemiologist and senior faculty in community medicine

Professor Vinod had a long association with IEA. He joined IEA in the early 1980s, and served as its Regional Councilor for South East Asia Region during 2008-14 and Secretary - IEA during 2014-17. He was a very active member and contributed to IEA in several ways. He played an active role in extending the idea of joint membership scheme, which was initially for developing countries, to all IEA regions; this resulted in substantial increase in IEA membership. He also facilitated the Early Career Epidemiologist scheme and its mentorship program to attract young researchers in epidemiology. He promoted epidemiological activities in regions through national associations and encouraged the organization of Regional Conferences in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia. As Regional Councilor, he established IEA-SEA regional website to strengthen communication among members in the region. Regional Symposia organized during World Congresses held at Porto (Brazil), Edinburgh (UK), Alaska (USA) and Saitama (Japan) was due to his active initiative.

The International Epidemiological Association will always remember Professor Vinod Srivastava for his significant contributions towards its mission and objectives and also for his love and devotion to public health and Epidemiology. His unexpected departure has caused a vacuum in the IEA family leaving behind several unfinished tasks. We pay our sincere tributes to him. He will ever remain in our hearts.