The 9th International Conference on Public Health Among Greater Mekong Sub-region countries held successfully in Yangon

The 9th International Conference on Public Health Among Greater Mekong Sub-region countries on the theme  ‘Adopting healthy lifestyles: Combating non-communicable diseases’ organized successfully in Yangon on 22nd and 23rd November 2017. The conference was inaugurated by H. E. Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Minister, Health and Sports, Government of Myanmar. H. E. Dr. Myint Htwe said in his opening speech ‘We need to act fast to address increasing menace of non-communicable diseases. If we miss this opportunity to tackle NCDs now, we will be facing uncontrollable social, medical and economic implications in future.’

The keynote speeches were delivered by Prof. Mya Oo, Former Deputy Minister of Health, Myanmar, Mr. Pedro Campo Llopis, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation, EU Delegation, Dr. Somsak Chunharas, Former Deputy Public Health Minister, Thailand, Mr. Eduardo Klien, Asia Regional Director, HelpAge International.

More than 500 professors, researchers, policy makers and public health practitioners from China, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Myanmar, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, USA, Germany and many other countries. The 9th ICPH GMS conference provided a wonderful program consisting of keynote addresses, panel discussions, oral and poster presentations and exhibitions on the themes of strengthening health policies and systems for addressing NCDs, Universal Health Coverage for NCDs, Evidence for prevention and control of NCDs and promoting healthy lifestyles for prevention of NCDs.

The conference promoted sharing, discussion, coordination, collaboration and networking among public health institutions and professionals from countries within GMS region in research, teaching, policy analysis and programmatic interventions on prevention and control of NCDs. The conference also resulted in enhanced understanding, professional networking and collaboration among public health institutions from countries within Greater Mekong Sub-region on promoting healthy life styles and addressing NCDs through research, teaching, policy analysis and programmatic interventions.


Prof. Khay Mar Mya, Rector of the University of Public Health, Yangon delivered the vote of thanks in the closing ceremony and thanked all the delegates for their active participation, all speakers and presenters for their excellent contribution, all agencies for their support and members of organizing, technical and logistics committees for their tireless work for making the conference a grand success.