Abstract

It is a pleasure to be present at the inauguration of the Regional Conference of Public Health in South-East Asia in the Twenty-first Century. While the member countries of WHO in the South-East Asia region have made remarkable progress during the past five decades, the demographic transitions, combined with environmental and socioeconomic changes (including globalization and privatization) pose daunting challenges to health development. To meet the needs, the ministers of health of different countries have adopted a Declaration on Health in the twenty-first century. This conference aims to advocate the importance of public health for health and socioeconomic development, and also to promote new concepts and strategies in public health practice and education. [To view this article, please download the PDF.]