GREETINGS FROM CHAIRMAN


Based on the UN Population Division report, by 2030, the world’s population is estimated to increase by around 1 billion, and it is projected to increase to 9.6 billion in 2050. Most of the population growth is estimated to occur in Asia and African countries, especially in densely populated countries with relatively high fertility rates. Also, the population living in urban areas is projected to grow to 6.3 billion by 2050. This condition is one of the effects of increasing the life expectancy of the population because of the increase in the health outcomes due to sophisticated medical and health technology and healthier lifestyle changes. Besides, the imbalance in population growth is also caused by efforts to reduce fertility in some countries experiencing decadency.


Some aspects of demographic transition, basically, if harnessed, will provide opportunities in advancing sustainable development. Efforts to improve health and specifically on the issue of sexual and reproductive rights including increasing access to family planning services can positively influence population dynamics and advance some sustainable development priorities. Among the priorities of sustainable development include issues of universal access to health, gender equality, food security, water and energy, and environmental sustainability.


Addressing population dynamics that respect and protect human rights must be part of the framework for post-2015 sustainable development goals and international development. Human rights-based and gender-based policies need special attention, such as promoting universal access to health and sexual and reproductive rights, including family planning and education, comprehensive sexuality education, avoiding unwanted pregnancies, reducing adolescent pregnancies, reducing infant and maternal mortality, reducing gender-based violence, and unsafe abortion. Also, combating HIV AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases that continue to claim millions of lives each year must receive attention. There are undoubtedly several sexual and reproductive health and rights issues relevant to the older population. “Leaving no one behind” also includes taking the elderly along concerning their sexual and reproductive health and rights. 


Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the crucial importance of effectively tackling social and health inequalities in Indonesia or even worldwide. One of the most urgent policy issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia concerns the extent and ways in which demographics have determined different patterns of mortality between groups and regions, and whether and how the pandemic and its economic consequences will affect population dynamics in the future. During the current COVID-19 crisis, there is a high degree of uncertainty in decision-making processes.


In addition to the ad-hoc consultancy required during any type of crisis, a more permanent monitoring system based on collected evidence of population health issues and beyond is needed. It should function in close collaboration with experts from research, policy, the economy, and societal organizations to overcome silo-thinking. Efforts to take advantage of the opportunities proposed by population dynamics need to consider more effective and stronger global, regional, and national partnerships. The form of partnership includes, in terms of resources and capacity building. Also, partnerships need to emphasize knowledge sharing as well as technical and financial assistance, which will enable countries to adopt evidence-based population dynamics policies.

 

Welcome to the conference,

Erni Gustina, S.KM., MPH.
Chairman

 

THE CONFERENCE AGENDA


The 6th Universitas Ahmad Dahlan Public Health Conference (The 6th UPHEC) organized by Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan with the theme “Strengthening Intersectoral Partnership to Respond Future Population Health Dynamics and Sustainable Development during the Covid-19 Outbreak”. The main agenda is an international seminar and parallel workshop. Details of activities can be seen below:

 

Agenda Speaker Date
Seminar (via Zoom Meeting)  

July 7, 2021

Keynote Speech: Challenges and Opportunities of Intersectoral Partnership to Respond Future Population Health Dynamics and Sustainable Development in Indonesia during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Dr. (H.C.) dr. Hasto Wardoyo, Sp.OG (K) – National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN)

Plenary 1: The Role of Local NGO to Improve Family Resilience during the Covid-19 Outbreak: Best Practices from Aisyiyah Taiwan Yuniar Wardani, S.KM., MPH.
Plenary 2: Improving Maternal Care to Encourage Family Welfare during the Covid-19 Outbreak: An Experience in Thailand Assoc. Prof. Yothin Sawangdee, Ph.D
Plenary 3: Challenges and Opportunities of Adolescent Reproductive Health Implementation during the Covid-19 Outbreak: An Experience in Malaysia Dr. Nafiza Mat Nasir, MD, MFamMed
Plenary 4: The Situation of Elderly Reproductive and Sexual Health (Improving the Quality of Life among Elderly) during the Covid-19 Outbreak: An Experience in the Philippines Maria Stella T. Giron, MD, PhD
Optional Workshop (via Zoom Meeting)  

July 7, 2021

Workshop #1: How to Plan, Write, and Communicate an Effective Health Policy Brief
Assoc. Prof. Yothin Sawangdee, Ph.D.
Workshop #2: Designing a Social and Behavior Change Communication Strategy (SBCC) for Health-Related Issues Dr. Nafiza Mat Nasir, MD, MFamMed
Workshop #3: Working with Nationwide Data: Advanced Analysis of Demographic and Health Survey Dr. Maria Gayatri, MAPS – National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN)
Oral Presentation (via Zoom Meeting)  

July 8, 2021