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).
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.
- Biomedicine and Bioinformatics
- Biotechnology and Bioengineering
- Complementary and alternative medicine
- Critical care management
- Dental health /Oral health
- 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
- Nursing informatics
- Nursing practice and education
- Nutrition and dietetics
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- Occupational therapy
- Palliative care
- Pediatric care
- Physical therapy
- Psychiatry /Mental health
- Public health /Community health
- Sexual health
- Ubiquitous healthcare (u-Health)
- 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
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.
- 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