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

 South East Asia Regional meeting on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases (4/26/2017) 
   

The South East Asian Region of IEA held a workshop and training meeting on 10-15 April 2017 at Pokhara, Nepal, on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. The workshop and training meeting was attended by 86 scientists from Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The Workshop focused on evidence based strategies for prevention and control mainly for cardiovascular diseases, but also for chronic kidney diseases, stroke, diabetes, cancer and mental health in South East Asian countries and globally.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dame Valerie Beral from the University of Oxford, and IEA. The keynote address was given by Dr. Jos Vandelaer, World Health Organization Representative to Nepal.  Both emphasized the key role of epidemiology in addressing non-communicable diseases in South East Asia.

Eminent faculty members provided training by presentations and taking practical epidemiological   exercises.  The presentations covered the concepts of risk, risk factors and risk assessment; study designs; the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disorders, cancer, diabetes and metabolic diseases; tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical activity and obesity and disease surveillance, including cancer registration.

 


 South East Asia Regional meeting on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases (4/26/2017) 
   

The South East Asian Region of IEA held a workshop and training meeting on 10-15 April 2017 at Pokhara, Nepal, on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. The workshop and training meeting was attended by 86 scientists from Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The Workshop focused on evidence based strategies for prevention and control mainly for cardiovascular diseases, but also for chronic kidney diseases, stroke, diabetes, cancer and mental health in South East Asian countries and globally.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dame Valerie Beral from the University of Oxford, and IEA. The keynote address was given by Dr. Jos Vandelaer, World Health Organization Representative to Nepal.  Both emphasized the key role of epidemiology in addressing non-communicable diseases in South East Asia.

Eminent faculty members provided training by presentations and taking practical epidemiological   exercises.  The presentations covered the concepts of risk, risk factors and risk assessment; study designs; the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disorders, cancer, diabetes and metabolic diseases; tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical activity and obesity and disease surveillance, including cancer registration.

 


 IEA-SEA Workshop and Training on “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”, 10th – 15th April, 201 (2/7/2017) 
   

Workshop and training on “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases” organised by SEA chapter of the International Epidemiological Association which will be held from 10-15th April 2017 at Pokhara Grande Hotel, Pokhara, Nepal.

The theme of the conference is “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”. The Workshop and Training will consist of presentations and hands on exercises on variety of issues.

This Workshop and Training will offer a wonderful opportunity to discuss important issues, sharing information and exchange ideas in the field of “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”.

The Workshop and Training will cover important topics like epidemiology, burden and impact, determinants, role of health promotion, evidence based public health interventions, multi-sectoral actions, cancer registration and cancer control, surveillance, research priorities, monitoring, evaluation and measuring cost effectiveness of interventions in the field of Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases. It will also cover National Non-Communicable Diseases Programms, roadmap and challenges for integration within different NCDs and addressing co-morbidity with communicable diseases.

Epidemiological skills are essential for every scientist in medical and affiliated fields. Modern epidemiology is not only concerned with the study of distribution and determinants of disease frequency in man but also helps in identifying risk factors of chronic diseases, evaluating treatment modalities and health services, it has given newer off-shoots eg. clinical epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, neuro-epidemiology, genetic epidemiology. So, all the specialties of medicine are welcome to participate in this Workshop and Training. Your active participation and contribution in various scientific sessions will make this event a real success.

 

 


 IEA-SEA Workshop and Training on “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”, 10th – 15th April, 201 (2/7/2017) 
   

Workshop and training on “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases” organised by SEA chapter of the International Epidemiological Association which will be held from 10-15th April 2017 at Pokhara Grande Hotel, Pokhara, Nepal.

The theme of the conference is “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”. The Workshop and Training will consist of presentations and hands on exercises on variety of issues.

This Workshop and Training will offer a wonderful opportunity to discuss important issues, sharing information and exchange ideas in the field of “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”.

The Workshop and Training will cover important topics like epidemiology, burden and impact, determinants, role of health promotion, evidence based public health interventions, multi-sectoral actions, cancer registration and cancer control, surveillance, research priorities, monitoring, evaluation and measuring cost effectiveness of interventions in the field of Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases. It will also cover National Non-Communicable Diseases Programms, roadmap and challenges for integration within different NCDs and addressing co-morbidity with communicable diseases.

Epidemiological skills are essential for every scientist in medical and affiliated fields. Modern epidemiology is not only concerned with the study of distribution and determinants of disease frequency in man but also helps in identifying risk factors of chronic diseases, evaluating treatment modalities and health services, it has given newer off-shoots eg. clinical epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, neuro-epidemiology, genetic epidemiology. So, all the specialties of medicine are welcome to participate in this Workshop and Training. Your active participation and contribution in various scientific sessions will make this event a real success.

 

 


 Call for nominations for IEA Councillors 2017-2020 (11/8/2016) 
   

The IEA is seeking nominations for IEA Council Membership for 2017-2020

Nominations are requested of the following positions:

  • President Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • 7 Regional Councillors, respectively for the African Region; the Eastern Mediterranean Region;  the European Region; the Latin American and Caribbean Region; the South East Asian Region; the North American Region; and the Western Pacific Region

Any IEA member may submit to the Nominating Committee names of candidates for President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. IEA members may submit nominations for Regional Councillors for their own region only.

Those nominating candidates must ensure that:

  • the candidate is aware of their responsibilities as IEA Councillors and of the tasks they are expected to carry out, that can be found on the IEA Handbook (IEA-Handbook-2015-11-7-16 (1).pdf)
  • the candidate is committed to accept the mandate, if elected
  • the candidate is a current IEA member

Self nominations can be accepted ONLY from current IEA Secretary, Treasurer, and Regional Councillors.

Nominations should specify the name and address of the candidate and summarize briefly:

  • current affiliations
  • professional curriculum
  • past and present involvement in IEA activities
  • past and present involvement in national epidemiological societies

The Nominating Committee will treat in strict confidence any comments proposers may wish to add.  Nominations must be submitted to Peter Kralka, IEA Account Executive (peter.kralka@ieaweb.orgby 31 December 2016.  Electronic voting by the entire IEA membership will take place during February 2017.

The current IEA Council will act until August 2017 and hand over responsibilities for the next three years to the newly appointed members of Council at the 2017 IEA World Congress of Epidemiology in Saitama, Japan (http://wce2017.umin.jp/welcome/index.html).