When professor Tan Chorh Chuan President, National University of Singapore (NUS) delivered a distinguished lecture on “Public Health in the Age of Globalization” at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on Wednesday, in the C V Raman Auditorium, invitees heard him in rapt attention.
Speaking to students, faculty and invitees, Professor Chuan said, "Public health will be one of the greatest challenges facing Asia and the world in the 21st century. Of particular importance is the global epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases, co-existing in many countries with a high burden of infectious diseases, and exacerbated in others by rapidly ageing populations.”
There is a complicated web of inter-relationships linking the forces of globalization and key determinants of population health, which has major implications for public health policy and development. Further he stated, “Countries in Asia and around the world face daunting challenges in terms of optimizing the organization and development of health systems, as well healthcare financing and access. There are however, unique opportunities particularly for countries in Asia to “leap-frog” in areas of health delivery and systems development, with a much more central focus on health promotion and disease prevention, as well as human capital innovation and technology”.
Professor Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, UoH presided over the lecture and Prof. Geeta Vemuganti, Dean, School of Medical Sciences introduced the speaker.