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South East Asia

Regional Area Councillor: 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

  • Call for new Editor(s)-in-Chief, International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE)

    January 26, 2016

    The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) is seeking new Editor(s)-in-Chief for its influential flagship journal, the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE). The IJE, owned by IEA, is published by Oxford University Press (OUP).

    IJE is one of the most highly respected and cited journals in the field of epidemiology. Its Impact Factor increased from 4.5 in 2006, to 9.2 in 2014, and it is currently ranked 2nd in the list for all journals on Public, Environmental and Occupational Health. Around 130 original articles, together with editorials, commentaries, letters and commissioned content are published annually, in six issues. The Journal receives over 1,500 article submissions a year.

    This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding scientist(s) to take this successful journal onto the next stage in its development. Applicants should be specialists in epidemiology or public health with an international reputation and editorial experience. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world. Joint applications ...

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  • Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) will host 2020 WCE in Melbourne

    July 1, 2015

    The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) is pleased to announce that it will host the 2020 WCE in Melbourne Australia. The AEA thanks the IEA membership for voting in our bid.

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  • IEA Fellowships to support participation in the EEPE 28th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology

    June 21, 2015

    At the beginning of February 2015 IEA announced a call for application for partial support towards the course fees of the EEPE 28th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology for up to two members from low or middle-income countries and by the closing date, on April 30 2015, IEA received 25 applications from the following countries: Brazil (3), Camerun (3), Guinea-Bissau (1), India (10), Nigeria (3), Senegal (1), Sri-lanka (1), Sudan (1), Uganda (1), and Zambia (1).
    The quality of the applications was impressive. The IEA Executive Committee appointed an Evaluation Committee that assessed the applications on the basis of pre-defined criteria.

    Manya Prasad (India) and Maria Carolina Borges (Brazil) have been awarded the fellowship, which will cover the course fees for the two students (up to $6,000, which is a reduced price from EEPE).

    Congratulations to the two awarded students! IEA thanks all the applicants and wish them all the best in ...

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  • Brief about XI IEA-SEA Meet at Pokhara, Nepal

    November 18, 2013

    The XI IEA-SEA Regional Meeting was held on 27-29 Sept, 2013 in Pokhara, Nepal; one of the most beautiful regions of Asia, amongst the Himalayas. The meeting was attended by over 350 participants from different SEA nations, especially Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Srilanka. There were some 200 presentations, oral and poster, with several plenary sessions, including one on: “Scientific Writing” (George Davey Smith), “Global warming” and “Ethics in Health Research”. The inaugural session took place in the evening of Sept 27, 2013, in the presence of HE Secretary, Nepalese Ministry of Health & Population and WHO Representative in Nepal. The Secretary presented an excellent public health oriented speech, which emphasized the role of epidemiology in prevention and control of the triple burden of disease currently being faced by the countries of the region particularly Nepal and welcomed the joint work between the Nepal government, IEA and WHO in this regard. The WR Nepal emphasized the ...

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  • Pat Buffler, 1938-2013

    September 29, 2013

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    It is with profound sadness that we inform IEA members and the epidemiology community of the passing of one of the giants of our profession, Patricia Buffler. Her untimely death on Thursday, September 26, at the age of 75, stopped her career at a point when she was as active as ever. Pat was President-Elect of the IEA. Her term was to start in August 2014, during the World Congress of Epidemiology to be held in Anchorage, Alaska, a state where she spent many cherished moments of her professional life, she used to remind us.

    Pat was a nurse and biologist at heart, skills she acquired as an undergraduate. Her passion for public health began in the early 60’s at her beloved University of California, Berkeley, where she earned two graduate degrees, in public health administration and epidemiology. ...

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  • GOARN Request for Assistance #2: Yellow Fever, Sudan

    February 14, 2013

    Please find attached the latest situation report from the WHO Country Office. Additional information is posted on the WHO Disease outbreak news website (http://www.who.int/csr/don/2012_12_06/en/index.html) and the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) website (http://www.emro.who.int/sdn/sudan-news/yellowfever-sudan-10december2012.html)

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  • INCLEN & IEA Partnership

    June 4, 2008

    Draft, 5th June, 2008 (Revised 24 Sept.´08)

    MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN

    INTERNATIONAL CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY NETWORK (INCLEN) TRUST

    AND

    INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (IEA)

    I. PARTIES:

    This document constitutes a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) Trust International and International Epidemiological Association (IEA).

    The International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) Trust International – a Not for Profit Academic Organization, has its Executive Director’s Office, located in New Delhi (India). The INCLEN Trust International seeks to strengthen national health care systems and improve health practices globally by providing professionals in the field with the tools to analyze the efficacy, efficiency, and equity of interventions and preventive measures. Responding to local, national, regional and global health care needs, the organization’sfocus is on priority health areas, affecting the world today. The organization is dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged populations by promoting equitable health ...

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