Strengthening public health for human development
Other TitlesReflections of Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia 2004-2014
AbstractThis publication is a collaborative effort of WHO-SEARO and VHAI. It is a contemplation of Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang's work as a recognized public health professional, an outstanding health expert and an administrator. It is an endeavor to highlight his leadership and contribution in furthering the health of the people of the region. Dr. Samlee since 2004 campaigned for an increased collaboration among member countries through horizontal collaborations. He believes it imperative for each country to take into account the prevailing demographic, social and economic situation that looks at issues of availability and accessibility. He is a firm believer of the need to close the gaps and inequities in health by promoting conditions that promote health and self-reliance among all groups especially women and other vulnerable groups. He also believes in promoting health systems based on primary health care and a thorough understanding of social determinants of health. WHO- SEARO under the leadership of Dr Samlee has played a pro-active role as a coordinating international authority, striving to establish and maintain effective collaboration with the United Nations and other agencies. This collection of his reflections provides his perspectives drawn from select speeches on various health concerns and is an invaluable resource to understand the principles and policies of WHO- SEARO's work. It attempts to chart a roadmap for future, placing emphasis on a comprehensive and holistic strategy towards health, through vigorous human resource development and trained public health personnel who would be socially responsible for taking aggressive steps to ensure health for all.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2014). Strengthening public health for human development. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205939