|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 3
Colombo declaration on epidemiology in Southeast Asia
Vinod K Srivastava
Secretary, Epidemiology Foundation of India & Coordinator, International Epidemiology Association South East Asia Regional Group Meet at Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Date of Submission||20-Dec-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||07-Jan-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||14-Jan-2020|
Dr. Vinod K Srivastava
Principal, Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, UP
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
The Colombo Declaration on Epidemiology in Southeast Asia is based on the deliberations by the delegates of the conference and representatives of the Regional Public Health/Epidemiology Associations held during the Southeast Asia Regional Group Meeting of International Epidemiological Association/College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka at Colombo, Sri Lanka, on September 19–21, 2019.
|How to cite this article:|
Srivastava VK. Colombo declaration on epidemiology in Southeast Asia. Indian J Community Med 2020;45:3
Over the years, epidemiology has made a huge contribution to the understanding of the disease and improvement of human health. This has been possible only because of the use of powerful and sophisticated epidemiological tools. Epidemiologic researches have generated a wide variety of data that have led to the practice of evidence-based medicine. The countries of Southeast Asia region lag behind markedly when it comes to epidemiologic research and publications, primarily due to the resource crunch – be it funding, be it infrastructure, or trained workforce. The key to improve the health status of the countries of the region and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals lies in the development and improved practices of epidemiology.
The Colombo Declaration on Epidemiology in Southeast Asia is based on the deliberations by the delegates of the conference and representatives of the Regional Public Health/Epidemiology Associations held during the Southeast Asia Regional Group Meeting of International Epidemiological Association/College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka at Colombo, Sri Lanka, on September 19–21, 2019. Having noted the current status of epidemiological training and researches in the countries of Southeast Asian region, and their impact on human health, we, the participants of the meet, endorse the following strategy for capacity building in epidemiology, boosting epidemiological research and fruitful utilization of its outcome toward attainment of Sustainable Development Goals in the years to come:
- Institutionalize epidemiology as key to the enhancement of human health. Principles of epidemiology including operational research should be utilized for finding solutions to complex health issues and improving outcomes of health programs
- Promote collaborative research to achieve solid conclusions. The focus of research should be shifted to a combination of clinical and population approaches. Collaborative research between the clinical collaborators and the epidemiologist can expand the funding base and provide richer evidence for decision-making
- Strengthen and reform epidemiological training for improving human resources and maintain a database of trained workforce. Institutions of excellence should adopt the leadership role and support other institutions in capacity building through joint training and faculty exchange programs
- Implement policies for career progression of personnel trained in epidemiology at a district, state, and national level. Provide them environment and resources for carrying out research so as to improve their expertise and make policies for making them responsible for finding solutions to health-related problems
- Identify the urgent need to accelerate epidemiological researches to overcome the challenges posed to human health due to changing environment, changing lifestyle, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
We urge all member countries of Southeast Asian region, various public health/epidemiological associations and networks, nongovernmental organizations, public and private sectors, media, and other organs of the civil society to advocate, collaborate, and promote all aspects of Colombo declaration on epidemiology in Southeast Asia.
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