Asia Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders 2014: Enhancing Quality Healthcare through Collaboration

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  • You are kindly invited to attend the 2014 Asian Sym­po­sium on Health­care with­out Bor­ders, car­ry­ing the theme “Enhanc­ing Qual­ity Health­care through Col­lab­o­ra­tion”. The event is organ­ised by the PRESDA Foun­da­tion and will be held August 6 – 8, 2014 at the Koku­sai Hotel Hiroshima in Hiroshima, Japan together with the Asian Con­gress on the Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals (MDGs).

    Sym­po­sium Description

    Rapid eco­nomic devel­op­ment across Asia has brought about vast improve­ment in the health care indus­try with some tra­di­tional health met­rics, such as infant mor­tal­ity rate and infec­tious dis­ease rate among oth­ers, decreas­ing while life expectancy across the board is increas­ing. How­ever, this rosy and sim­pli­fied view masks the sharp health care dis­par­i­ties under­ly­ing Asian nations as well as the diverse chal­lenges they face.

    Many fac­tors from the vary­ing lev­els of social, polit­i­cal and eco­nomic devel­op­ment to geol­ogy and cli­mate change, which have been respon­si­ble for the recent earth­quakes and sea­sonal typhoons and floods, have been reshap­ing the con­ti­nent and spawn­ing crit­i­cal health­care ques­tions in need of tan­gi­ble solu­tions. In South­ern Asia, 1 in 16 chil­dren die before the age of five because of the effects of poverty and the absence of qual­ity health care. Although life expectancy is increas­ing in the region, at 64 years, it des­per­ately lags behind the rest of Asia. How can we ensure the equi­table and effi­cient allo­ca­tion of health-​related resources across all Asia to meet basic needs and emer­gen­cies? What role can pol­icy mak­ers play in cre­at­ing afford­able uni­ver­sal health care?

    On the other end of the spec­trum, well-​developed nations like Japan, Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore boast a life expectancy over 80 years old. This fact raises many ques­tions con­cern­ing health poli­cies includ­ing: How to address the aging pop­u­la­tions and their sub­se­quent bal­loon­ing health care costs, as well as the ris­ing num­ber of both non-​communicable and dietary dis­eases, which severely affect all of Asia.

    The 2014 Asian Sym­po­sium on Health­care With­out Bor­ders will be held in Hiroshima, Japan: The City of Peace. The three-​day inter­na­tional sym­po­sium will coin­cide with the 69th Hiroshima Peace Memo­r­ial. All par­tic­i­pants of the sym­po­sium will be invited to attend the cer­e­mony. There will also be a free guided tour and a fea­tured pre­sen­ta­tion by a sur­vivor of the atomic bombing.

    Health­care With­out Bor­ders 2014 will pro­vide an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary plat­form for physi­cians, nurses, admin­is­tra­tors, edu­ca­tors, researchers, aca­d­e­mics, med­ical stu­dents, human­i­tar­ian aid work­ers, pol­icy mak­ers, non-​profit pro­fes­sion­als and related health­care spe­cial­ists. With the theme Enhanc­ing Qual­ity Health Care Through Col­lab­o­ra­tion, it is hoped that today’s chal­lenges in health care can be met with viable global solutions.

    Sym­po­sium Themes

    • Bio­med­i­cine and Bioinformatics
    • Biotech­nol­ogy and Bioengineering
    • Com­ple­men­tary and alter­na­tive medicine
    • Crit­i­cal care management
    • Den­tal health /​Oral health
    • Der­ma­tol­ogy
    • Drug devel­op­ment and phar­ma­col­ogy /​tox­i­col­ogy
    • e-​Health /​m-​Health /​Telemed­i­cine
    • Emer­gency room healthcare
    • Fam­ily med­i­cine /​Gen­eral practice
    • Food safety /​Food­borne illness
    • Geri­atrics /​Geron­tol­ogy
    • Health­care admin­is­tra­tion and policies
    • Health­care busi­ness and data management
    • Immunol­ogy and epi­demi­ol­ogy of major diseases
    • Inten­sive care management
    • Com­mu­ni­ca­ble /​non-​communicable diseases
    • Med­ical education
    • Med­ical ethics
    • Neu­rol­ogy
    • Nurs­ing informatics
    • Nurs­ing prac­tice and education
    • Nutri­tion and dietetics
    • Obstet­rics and gynecology
    • Occu­pa­tional therapy
    • Oncol­ogy
    • Pal­lia­tive care
    • Pathol­ogy
    • Pedi­atric care
    • Phys­i­cal therapy
    • Psy­chi­a­try /​Men­tal health
    • Pub­lic health /​Com­mu­nity health
    • Sex­ual health
    • Ubiq­ui­tous health­care (u-​Health)

    Spe­cial topics

    • Devel­op­ing coun­tries: pro­vid­ing aid in inse­cure environments
    • Devel­op­ing coun­tries: access to healthcare
    • Devel­op­ing coun­tries: appro­pri­ate health­care technologies
    • Envi­ron­men­tal health and cli­mate change
    • Eth­i­cal issues in glob­al­iza­tion of healthcare
    • Eval­u­at­ing global healthcare
    • Mil­len­nium devel­op­ment goals: 2015 and beyond
    • Smart homes and ambi­ent assisted living
    • Social work lead­er­ship in healthcare

    Fea­tured Presentation

    Mr. Isao Aratani, an A-​Bomb sur­vivor, will dis­cuss his life and the hor­rific events he wit­nessed on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was sub­jected to the world’s first atomic bombing.

    Mr. Aratani was born in Hiroshima in 1931. He was exposed to the bomb­ing at the East Drill Ground, 2.2 km from the hypocen­ter when he was a second-​year stu­dent at Sec­ond Hiroshima Pre­fec­tural Hiroshima Junior High School. After grad­u­at­ing from uni­ver­sity, he began work­ing as a chemist at a paint com­pany. For much of his life, Mr. Aratani has never told his story; how­ever, after mov­ing back to Hiroshima at the age of 69, he decided to share his story in the hopes that future gen­er­a­tions will learn the hor­ror of wars and embrace peace for eternity.

    2014 Advisers

    • Clau­dio Delang, PhD – Depart­ment of Geog­ra­phy, Hong Kong Bap­tist Uni­ver­sity, Hong Kong (SAR), PRC
    • Gabriel Barhaim, PhD – Soci­o­log­i­cal Insti­tute for the Study of Com­mu­ni­ties, Bar Il-​lan Uni­ver­sity, Israel
    • Matthew Krys­tal, PhD – Depart­ment of Soci­ol­ogy & Anthro­pol­ogy, North Cen­tral Col­lege, Naperville, USA
    • Pro­fes­sor John Latzo – Divi­sion of Human­i­ties & Social Sci­ences, Pohang Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy, Pohang, Repub­lic of Korea
    • Vale­ria Markova, PhD – School of Man­age­ment, Cal­i­for­nia Lutheran Uni­ver­sity, Los Ange­les, USA
    • Bhi­maraya A Metri, PhD – Inter­na­tional Man­age­ment Insti­tute, New Delhi, India
    • Prof. John Stay­ton – Ven­ture Green­house, Domini­can Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco, USA
    • Chair­man: Dr. Yuan-​Fu Wang, M.D. – Depart­ment of Inter­nal Med­i­cine, Tainan Munic­i­pal Hos­pi­tal, Tainan, China
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