Like the diverse countries it encompasses, Asia’s healthcare issues are varied and vast – from a rise in chronic non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease to outbreaks of cholera, bird flu and malaria. Fast-paced social changes are adding to the complexities of the continent’s healthcare landscape.
Thanks to a gift from the GlaxoSmithKline-Economic Development Board (GSK-EDB) Trust Fund, the National University of Singapore (NUS) Initiative to Improve Health in Asia (NIHA) Leadership Programme is providing training to enable tomorrow’s healthcare professionals to deal with the challenges.
The first NIHA Healthcare Leadership Programme, which will be running from 17-28 October 2011, will bring together a pool of talented individuals from 11 South-East Asian countries to enhance their leadership qualities, and improve decision-making and program-implementation through policy analysis and data consumption. The 20 participants are senior policy makers, leaders of non-governmental organisations and private healthcare service providers.
The Programme, which aims to be a springboard for ongoing dialogue and collaboration among the three sectors, will be taught by internationally recognised faculty from NUS Business School, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Pardee RAND Graduate School, like Dr Phua Kai Hong, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Dr Trichy V. Krishnan, NUS Business School and Dr Jeffrey Wasserman, Pardee RAND Graduate School.
It will also feature distinguished speakers like David Heymann, Chairman of the Board of the UK Health Protection Agency, Dr Chia Kee Seng, Dean-designate of NUS’ new School of Public Health, and Patricia Moser, Lead Health Specialist, Asian Development Bank. Participants will engage in debates, case analyses, role play, industry dialogue and field visits, and work with faculty mentors on specific projects.
NIHA, which aims to improve public health and healthcare delivery in Asia through research, high-level policy forums and leadership programmes, is fully funded by the GSK-EDB Trust Fund.
For more information on NIHA, visit http://www.nus.edu.sg/globalasiainstitute/research/strategicresearch/NIHA/index.html
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