Sunday, April 9, 2017

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Dear colleague,

Marked on 7th April, the World Health Day highlights the importance of ensuring health and well-being for everyone, at every stage of life. Despite significant progress made over the last decade to meet health related targets, 130 million people in South-East Asia (SEA) do not have access to basic health services. The region also has the lowest density of health professionals with a deficit of 6.9 million health workers.

The incidence of major infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, has declined globally since 2000. SEA accounts for the largest number of new TB cases and 41% of the global TB incidence burden.

Maternal and child health are also amongst regional priorities. One of the highest rates of child mortality is in SEA where 1 in 19 dies before their fifth birthday and one in three is affected by stunting (WHO, 2015).

Challenges in achieving health SDGs have urged global and regional agencies to look for innovative ways to improve health systems and programmes. Technology and partnerships are paramount to ensure that desired universal health care access is achieved in an affordable and sustainable way.

Key decision-makers from the UN and government agencies, NGOs, Red Cross, research institutes and the private sector will gather at the upcoming Aid & Development Asia Summit to look at how technological innovations can improve aid delivery and health resilience in SEA.

Dr Thet Khine Win, Permanent Secretary of the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports will deliver a keynote speech at the Summit. Other specialists in the field, including UNICEF and the 3MDG Fund of UNOPS, will share insights on how to improve health systems and health financing in order to reduce maternal and under-five mortality rates, eliminate communicable diseases and increase access to healthcare services in the region.




  1. Disease prevention and control: vaccinations, testing, monitoring
  2. Update on regional health programmes and collaborations
  3. Update on rapid testing solutions
  4. Improving access to HIV/AIDS prevention and counselling
  5. Scaling up treatment and care, e.g. via CD4 count or T-cell tests

View Summit agenda and list of speakers

  • Dr. Aye Yu Soe, Senior Public Health Officer, Three Millennium Development Goal (3MDG), UNOPS
  • Charles Nelson, CEO, Malaria Consortium
  • Dr Yin Min, Deputy Chief of Party and Technical Advisor, Community Partners International
  • Daniel Crapper, Country Director, PSI Myanmar


  1. Update on regional maternal and child health initiatives and collaborations
  2. Establishing robust medical systems to better support children and women
  3. Overcoming challenges of child and maternal health
  4. Addressing sexual & reproductive health
  5. Nutrition innovations & programmes to fight malnutrition and stunting
  • Dr Tobe Makoto, Senior Advisor, Health Financing & Health Systems, Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Penelope Campbell, Chief, Health & Nutrition, Young Child Survival & Development, UNICEF
  • Dr Ni Ni, Country Director, Ipas Myanmar
  • Dr Sid Naing, Country Director, Myanmar, Marie Stopes International
  • Pyaih Sone Aung, Country Representative, Reproductive and Child Health Alliance

AIDF Asia 2017

Here's how you can get involved and join World Health Day celebrations:

  • SHOWCASE YOUR INNOVATIVE HEALTHCARE SOLUTION - Exhibition is an effective way to engage with and showcase your products/services to 250+ high-profile participants at the Aid & Development Asia Summit 2017.
  • INFLUENCE THE DEBATE ON HEALTH RELATED SDGs - Get in touch if you would like to join speaker panel and share your case study to inform other humanitarian leaders.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,
Alina O'Keeffe
Aid & International Development Forum

AIDF Asia 2017


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