Conference Summary of the 13th IEA-SEA Meeting

Bali, Indonesia - 2-5 October 2018

This summary captures a three-day conference with presentations, plenary sessions, symposiums, panel sessions with interactive dialogue and a one-day workshop at the 13th Southeast Asia Regional Scientific Meeting of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA) joined with International Conference on Public Health and Sustainable Development with the theme “Enhancing Evidence-Based Health Policy for SDGs Achievement.”

The event was attended by more than 400 participants from South East Asian countries plus Australia, Nigeria, Argentina and the United States of America. Many public health professionals, epidemiologists, academicians and stakeholders gathered to contribute towards human well-being through research, publication, networking, capacity-building and advocacy.

All abstracts presented in the conference will be published as proceedings in BMC Public Health Journal with quality (Q1) and after the conference, are also invited to publish their papers as supplement in BMC Public Health Journal.

The conference began with a welcome speech by Executive Chairman Defriman Djafri, MPH, PhD. This was followed by the by the President-Elect of IEA, Professor Chandra Mani Pandey and the Regional Councilor of IEA-SEA, Professor Umesh Kapil. The opening remarks were made by the Head of the Bali Provincial Health Office, Dr. I Ketut Suarjaya. Some of the other notable guests attending the meeting included the Head of Denpasar City Health Office, Representative of Andalas University, Representative of Udayana University, President of Indonesian Epidemiological Association (PAEI), Director of Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP) Indonesia & Indonesian Public Health & Health Professional Union (PERSAKMI).

Professor Vinod K Srivastava, the IEA-WHO liaison, delivered the keynote speech, a presentation about Maternal and Child Health in SE Asia: Status, Achievements & Challenges. The conference had three plenary sessions, an IEA symposium, 25 parallel oral presentations and two poster session presentations.

The first plenary focused on “Public Health Achievement: Where We Are Now?” The speaker, Professor Anizah Ismail from University Kebangsaan Malaysia, talked about “Non-Communicable Diseases Burden in Developing Countries.” The Director of FETP Indonesia, Dr. I Nyoman Khandun, talked about emerging and re-emerging diseases, and that was followed by Professor Umesh Kapil talking about “Scientific Evidence for Universal Supplementation of Vitamin A in South East Asian Countries: Current Scientific Evidence.”

Plenary Session Two focused on “Global Challenges for Good Health and Well-Being.”  Speakers included the Director General of Disease Prevention and Control of the Ministry of Health, Indonesia, Dr. Anung Sugihantono, who talked about “The Importance of Evidence-Based Health Policy for SDGs Achievement and Advancing Universal Health Coverage from Financing to Best Practices on Diseases Control.” The WHO Indonesia Representative talked about “Malaria, AIDS, and Tuberculosis Global Strategy” and Dr. Umar Ibrahim from Nigeria talked about “Introduction to Planetary Health: An Emerging Field of Transdisciplinary Collaborations for Sustainable Development.”

The third plenary session was titled “Evidence-Based Approach: Epidemiological Value in Advancing Public Health Policy.” In this session Siyan Yi, MD, MHSc, PhD from Singapore talked about “Improving Quality of Health Data in Developing Countries,” the President of Indonesian Epidemiological Association Dr. Hariadi W talked about “Advancing Surveillance Systems,” and the President of Indonesian Public Health Professional Union Professor Ridwan Amirrudin, talked about “Cause & Effect Association: The Key of Effective Public Health Policy.”  Professor Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong from Prince of Songkla University Thailand talked about “Analysis of Big Health Data.”

All conference materials can be downloaded using these links:

Keynote and Plenary Session [] ,

Workshop Materials []

Parallel Oral Presentations []

Program Book with ISBN []

Conference and Workshop Photos [] & []

The Conference Highlights Video [] .

The conference was also covered in local media. That coverage can be viewed using these links: []  & []

We are delighted to have had the opportunity to produce this very productive conference. We wish to start by conveying again sincere gratitude to the IEA headquarters, the IEA-SEA, Andalas University, Udaya University, PAEI, FETP, PERSAKMI and the committee for their dedication in organizing this event and for their warm hospitality. We particularly commend the excellent teams and volunteers who have worked so hard and diligently to make this conference run well, smoothly and successfully.

In conclusion, we would like to re-emphasize how to promote evidence-based health policy for SDGs achievement. We are public health professionals, epidemiologists, academics and researchers; together we can do this!!! We should work hard to contribute new ideas, technologies, methods and new innovations to solve problems in the future.

Nothing is perfect in this world, and we kindly apologize that if there was a mistake, error or inconvenience in organizing this event.

Finally, we look forward to seeing all of you at the next IEA event, and to hosting the 2023 World Congress Epidemiology 2023 in Goa, India. We miss you all. Thank you very much.

Executive Chairman,
Defriman Djafri, MPH, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Public Health, Andalas University []

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