Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS), in collaboration with the Department of International Community Health, University of Oslo, Norway, organized the 6th Regional Public Health Conference at its Ibrahim Auditorium on 20-21 December, 2015.
The Conference began with a formal Inaugural Ceremony on the first day. The Ceremony was chaired by Professor AK Azad Khan; President, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the University. Dr Valerie Ann Taylor, Founder and Coordinator of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) attended the program as the Chief Guest while Dr. K.M Maqsudur Rahan, Chairman of K.M Maqsudur Rahman Trust, Mr M. Sayef Uddin, Secretary General, BADAS were also present on the occasion as special guests. Professor Liaquat Ali, Vice-Chancellor, BUHS delivered the welcome speech in the program.
Dr Valerie Ann Taylor said, public health approaches should be given top-most priority to create the cost-effective system for providing health care to the people of the developing countries. She called upon the young health professionals to provide dedicated services in the health sector following the inspiration of life-long humanitarian contribution of Late National Professor Mohammad Ibrahim towards the poor and vulnerable people across the country. Dr Taylor expressed her firm determination to work together with BUHS to address future health challenges. Dr. K.M Maqsudur Rahman said that the Conference would help the health professionals, policy makers and stakeholders to design and conduct appropriate public health programs. Mr M. Sayef Uddin said, public health professionals should work with dedicated outlook particularly in the rural areas of the country in order to bring the mass people under affordable health care services. Prof Liaquat Ali said that the Conference would make a bridge of mutual understanding among the regional health experts and create a field of sharing knowledge and expertise to a great extent. Prof AK Azad Khan conveyed his heartiest gratitude to the distinguished guests and participants for their spontaneous participation at the Inaugural Ceremony and expressed all-out cooperation for successful completion of the Conference.
During two-day Conference, 11 Lectures and 34 free paper presentations were presented on noncommunicable diseases, globalization and health, geriatric medicine, mental health, health policy and program, injury, water and sanitation, health care financing, telemedicine, nutrition, and medical education. In Addition 2 Symposia will organized which included a) Orbis International Symposium on ‘Eye Care For All’, b) HRMU-GoB Symposium on ‘Bangladesh Health Workforce Strategy: Paving The Pathway towards Universal Health Coverage’
About three hundred physicians, scientists, health professionals, activists of different government and non-governmental organizations, faculty members and students from home and abroad (including those from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Somalia, Australia, and the USA) attended the Conference.