It is indeed a great honor for Universiti Malaysia Sabah to host this prestigious international conference, of 50th & Golden Jubilee Conference of the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) at our home state of Sabah. The history of APACHP spanned over three decades; it started its journey in 1984 with the objective of achieving the best possible level of health for all of the people of the nations of the Asia-Pacific region. APACPH consists of seven regional offices. It has collaboration with global partners of public health such as WHO (SEARO/WPRO) – United States AED (Academy for Educational Development) – ASPHER (Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region) – ASPH (American Schools of Public Health) and SEAPHEIN (South-East Asia Public Health Education Institutes Network).
APACPH has been working for the betterment of community and alleviating the sufferings of those in need. Like any other success story, it also faced ridges and furrows during its voyage. This Golden Jubilee conference is unique in the sense that we will look back the challenges we faced and how to tackle the upcoming difficulties during the ever changing global health scenario.
With the Theme of “Milestone event – Moving forward to Address Challenges in Regional Health”, we are hoping that the conference will gather the highest possible level of public health information which can benefit not only the Asia-Pacific nations but also international arena which can learn from this event. Dissemination of knowledge of current, emerging and re-emerging public health issues will be reorganized by professionals in their field of expertise to benefit all participating guests.
Through this event you’ll be having the opportunity to explore the beauty and serenity of Sabah. It is richly blessed with natural diversity, unique cultures, fun adventures, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for everyone with adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia – Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites – Sipadan Island. Sabah is also known for her great natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.
Professor Dr. Mohammad Saffree Jeffree
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sabah