Welcome Message from the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University
The belt and road initiative (BRI) has positively impacted the economy of regions along both the nautical and overland routes involving 69 countries, 70% of the world population in total, one third of the global gross domestic product, and three quarters of the world’s energy reserves. Albeit its primary economic objectives, the BRI also includes important health dimensions, hence the establishment of the Belt and Road Tropical Medicine Alliance in October 2019 at the beautiful tropical island of Hainan.
The Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University, Malaysia, is humbled to be provided the opportunity to host the first Congress of the BRTMA, themed ” Eliminating Infectious Diseases through Research, Innovation and Effective Strategies”
Besides covering issues in tropical medicine, this congress also highlights issues of disasters management as well as non-communicable diseases (NCD), which could become the stimulus needed to drive our united activities towards universal health coverage (UHC) promoting cooperation among the related countries in the prevention and control of communicable diseases, medical system and policies, healthcare capacity building, staff training and exchange, traditional medicine, and health education as well as disaster relief, aid, and poverty reduction for health for better health in the world.
Hence, we welcome you to our tropical town of Sibu, Sarawak, and we believe you would enjoy the unique experience of Borneo and the hospitality of the people of Sarawak.
Prof Dr Samiah Yasmin Abdul Kadir
Dean, Faculty of Medicine