ICMPH is a dual languages (English and Thai) conference in the fields of medicine and public health that responds to the ASEAN Economic Community policy. The conference emphasizes to health issue of ASEAN region. It aims to provide an opportunity for participants to share knowledge and experiences of holistic management by multidisciplinary team and networking system. Besides, it’s educational and research forum is focused on exploring and promoting the latest advances in medical sciences and public health issues. This will increase healthcare efficiency which results in improving health and quality of life of the ASEAN population. This year, 2013, is the Centennial of the establishment of Rockefeller foundation and also counted as the 90th anniversary of the official collaboration between the Rockefeller Foundation, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, and the Thai Government. Started from 1921, Siam (or Thailand), with Prince Mahidol as the agent, negotiated with the Rockefeller Foundation to send aids for modernization of Siamese medical system and education. Several academic leaders from Rockefeller including Prof. A.G.Ellis reformed the medical education of Siam. In 1928, the Bachelor Degree in Doctor of Medicine medical certificates were granted to students for the first time during their graduation as well as many physicians and experts in other medical branches were sent to set up many important medical programs in Thailand. Moreover, Rockefeller had supported a number of Thai physicians to study aboard, promoted financial aids, and built construction in Siriraj Hospital, by aggregating funds with Thai government and Prince Mahidol’s wealth. Other than its contributions to Thailand, the Rockefeller Foundation also contributes to other ASEAN developing countries. At present, the Foundation supports the works on 5 major problems; Basic Survival Safeguards, Global Health, Climate & Environment, Urbanization, and Social & Economic Security. These problems affect medical and healthcare issues of the people worldwide including the ASEAN society. In this special occasion, the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, the Ministry of Public Health, and the Rockefeller Foundation joined together to arrange the ICMPH 2013 under the theme “Healthy Society beyond Frontiers”. This demonstrates the determination to promote the health care for all people in this region without the hindrance of international boundary.
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