The 4th Conference on Public Health in Asia (COPHA 2021)

December 2, 2021 - December 3, 2021


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Only a few months ago, it seemed as though the promising hope of mass vaccinations, such as Pfizer and Moderna, would bring an end to COVID-19.  There is little doubt that this pandemic has infected millions of people in small and large communities in every country, made travel nearly impossible, overwhelmed hospitals, closed schools and destroyed the global economy. Yet despite decreasing infection rates in many places, new variants of this deadly virus continue to pop up and challenge the public health response. Japan, for example, is now in its fourth wave and as with many countries, the public health system is severely strained: staff are overworked, hospital beds and equipment are in short supply.

While the mortality rate for COVID-19 hovers around 2% or lower in most developed countries, the pandemic remains at the forefront of global health concern. It is the top news story and as such it has brought about renewed focus on the need for better public health care, health education and training of health care workers. In Asia and elsewhere in the world, the demand is high for innovative research and creating vaccines to fight communicable and non-communicable diseases. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, corporations and non-profits have been pouring funding into medical research and education. At the same time, the need to improve access to health care and advance medical technology are in high demand. Most importantly, though it is the recognition of the life or death role that doctors, nurses, health care workers and researchers have in public health. It is paramount that improvements in medical training, education and research are taken since these front-line workers are absolutely vital to both the public health sector and to communities for the next global health crisis. Thus, it is with these issues, concerns and developments in mind that COPHA 2021 is being convened.

How can we ensure the equitable and efficient allocation of health-related resources across all Asia to meet basic needs and future health crises?   What role can policy makers play in creating affordable universal health care? How can we close the gap between those who have access to public health and those who do not? What lessons have we learned from COVID-19?

With the theme Raising Public Health Awareness, it is hoped that today’s challenges in health care can be met with viable global solutions. Thus we welcome you to join us for this exciting timely virtual conference, which will be held online from Tokyo, Japan.

The Deadline for proposals of 250 words in English is Friday, November 5, 2021. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

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November 5, 2021, 11:45pm JST

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