South East Asia
Regional Area Councilor: Umesh Kapil

IEA/SEA maintains its own website.  Regional News is featured below.

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.


Regional News

 Congratulations to IEA's 2021-24 Councilors (1/18/2021) 

IEA Council Election Results, 2021-24

Of 1592 eligible IEA members, about half (764) voted during December 15-30, 2020. Every election was independently certified as having no evidence of fraud. Regional councilors were elected by IEA members in good standing who reside in the specific region. The new Executive and Council members will assume their offices at the World Congress of Epidemiology, currently scheduled to take place in September 2021. Their terms will last until the next World Congress of Epidemiology, currently scheduled for September 2024.

Newly Elected IEA Council Members for the next IEA period of office are:

Officers of the Executive Committee

President: Chandra Mani Pandey

President-Elect: Akindele Adebiyi

Past President: Henrique Barros

Secretary: Karina Braga Ribeiro

Treasurer: Yosikazu Nakamura

Regional representatives

Africa Region: Armanda Nkwescheu

European Region: Linda O’Keeffe

Latin America & Caribbean Region: Pedro Hallal

Middle East/North Africa Region: Mary Deeb

North America Region: Jennifer Salerno

Southeast Asia Region: Umesh Kapil

Western Pacific Region: Chihaya Koriyama

Congratulations to all our new Council Members, and thank you for your service to the IEA.

 In Memoriam - Adetokunbo Lucas (12/30/2020) 

In Memoriam - Adetokunbo Oluwole Lucas

The Council of The International Epidemiology Association (IEA) deeply mourns the passing of Professor Adetokunbo Oluwole Lucas OFR MD DSc FRCPH FFPH FRCOG FUI (1931–2020), a globally acknowledged public health leader and foremost epidemiologist. He was until his death on the 25th of December 2020, a retired Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Ibadan and Professor of International Health, Harvard University.
Prof. Ade Lucas made significant contributions to the field of epidemiology and public health, especially with regards to the epidemiology and control of Schistosomiasis, Onchocerciasis and Malaria. He hosted the first regional conference of the IEA in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1970 and went on to be the President of IEA from 1971 to 1974. He later directed the Tropical Diseases Research (TDR) Programme of the World Health Organization between 1976 and 1986. It was in recognition of his contribution towards the development of the TDR into a globally acclaimed program of research in tropical diseases that he was jointly awarded the prestigious Prince Mahidol prize, given annually for achievements in medicine and public health.
Prof. Ade Lucas would be remembered for his efforts at improving the quality of life of the most underprivileged in society and eliminating inequity.

 Statement on COVID 19 (3/25/2020) 

 IEA SEA Regional Meeting, September 2019 (12/10/2019) 

IEA SEA organized a Regional Group Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka - 19-21 September 2019. 

Over 250 free paper presentations, two plenary sessions, 12 symposiums with interactive dialogue and nine pre-congress one-day workshops were featured. The meeting of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA) was held along with the 24th Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka. The theme was "Smart Investment for Universal Health Coverage." 

The event was attended by more than 400 participants from South East Asian countries, plus Australia, the United Kingdom, 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 have been published as a supplementary volume of Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka (Volume 25 - Issue 3 -Supplement – September 2019). The programme book, abstract book and the photos are available in the conference web site IEA members can also view a summary of the abstracts on this website by logging into the Members Only area.


 SEA 2018 Conference Summary (7/12/2019) 

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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