Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the organising committee, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health 2019 in Penang, Malaysia.  This conference is being organised by the College of Public Health Medicine, Academy of Medicine Malaysia,  Malaysian Armed Forces and the Penang State Health Department, Ministry of Health Malaysia.

This conference theme is “Urbanisation Challenges for Health“. This conference will focus on issues related to the rapid migration of population from the rural to urban, which has led to challenges for health. In the 1950s about 70 per cent of the population worldwide lived in rural areas and only 30 per cent were living in urban towns and cities. Today, 55 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas.According to the United Nation’s (UN) report the proportion that is expected to increase to 68 per cent by 2050. This would add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050. Close to 90 per cent of this increase will be in Asia and Africa. Understanding the role of urbanisation and its effect on the health of the people is essential and crucial to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The conference will bring together, from all over the world, an estimated 800 professionals. The conference will take place in a truly global spirit, accommodating contributions from all parts of the world and in particular, the Asia Pacific Region. It will take stock of the situation and map strategies for new innovations and initiatives toward further success in realising the sustainable development goals.

The organising and scientific committees are working diligently to ensure a successful conference of high quality. The program features many renowned speakers with diverse public health expertise from all parts of the world and in particular, the Asia Pacific Region.

Prof Victor Hoe

Dr. Rokiah Mohd