Thua Thien-Hue, (VNA) – The second ASEAN conferenceon health impact assessment towards sustainable development of the associationtook place in Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on April 21.
The event drew about 300 specialists, scientists andmanagement officials in the public health sector from ASEAN countries.
Addressing the event, Prof. Cao Ngoc Thanh, Headmaster ofthe Hue University for Medicine and Pharmacy said that Vietnam and other ASEANmember countries are facing challenges in protecting and caring for people’shealth.
Climate change and environmental pollution have changed thestructure of diseases and caused new health troubles, he noted.
With the aim to build an ASEAN Community with good health, goodcare and sustainability, the assessment of health effects is significant inanalyzing, building and choosing most suitable medical programmes and policies.
Along with nearly 30 reports from scientists from variousregional countries, the conference also heard experience and research outcomesin the field, including in building and maintaining database to serve research.
A number of training courses and seminars on particular topicssuch as dengue fever and initial health care services were also held by the HueUniversity of Medicine and Pharmacy and Thailand National Health Commission.
The conference also set up a cooperation network for the sustainabledevelopment of the health impact assessment system in Vietnam, Thailand andother countries in the region and the world.
Health impact assessment, first introduced to ASEAN in 2010,mainly aims at assisting policy-makers and stakeholders in reducing negativeimpacts and increasing positive effects on people’s health. The assessment of healthand environmental impacts has become an important tool to improve livingconditions, contributing to designing health care policies suitable for theeconomic development of each country.-VNA
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