Regional Area Councillor: Umesh Kapil
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.
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 ...Read the rest of this article
IEA-SEA Workshop and Training on “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”, 10th – 15th April, 2017February 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 ...Read the rest of this article
The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) – Western Pacific (W-P) Region and the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), invite applications for the 2017 IEA—AEA Exchange Award.
The purpose of this Award is to share capacity and build collaborations between Australia/NZ and other countries in the region. Applications can be initiated by IEA or AEA members (including new members), and must involve a member from each Association, with one member based in a country outside of Australia or New Zealand.
The Australia or New Zealand based applicant must be a current AEA or IEA financial member. The applicant based in a W-P Region country outside of Australia/NZ must be a current IEA or AEA financial member (including new members). Voting members of the IEA and AEA Councils are not eligible to directly receive funds (but can serve as ‘hosts’).
The limited funds available are mainly intended to support or offset travel expenses, but any justified ...Read the rest of this article
The IEA is seeking nominations for IEA Council Membership for 2017-2020
Nominations are requested of the following positions:
- President Elect
- 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 (http://ieaweb.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IEA-Handbook-2015-11-7-16.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 ...Read the rest of this article
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 ...Read the rest of this article
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.Read the rest of this article
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 ...Read the rest of this article
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 ...Read the rest of this article
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. ...Read the rest of this article
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)Read the rest of this article
Draft, 5th June, 2008 (Revised 24 Sept.´08)
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN
INTERNATIONAL CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY NETWORK (INCLEN) TRUST
INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (IEA)
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 ...Read the rest of this article