Dr Noor Ani Ahmad

Director, Institute for Public Health
Chairperson Organising Committee 22nd NIH Scientific Conference

Assalamualaikum wbt and Salam Sejahtera.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome all the participants to the 22nd NIH Scientific Conference organised by the National Institutes of Health and the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Kuala Lumpur (APACPH-KL) to be held virtually from 21st to 23rd Sept 2021.

This year marks the 22nd year of the Scientific Conference since its inception in 1998. This coming conference is also held in conjunction with the NIH Research Month 2021, with the theme for the conference being 'Heal, Innovate, Change and Improve for a Healthy Nation'.

The conference provides an interdisciplinary platform for researchers and health care providers, from within and outside the Ministry of Health, and academicians to interact and share ideas particularly in the areas of public health, clinical, biomedical and other related fields.

It is my hope that this conference will achieve its objectives, that is to enhance the knowledge of all participants and strengthen the collaboration among researchers and health care providers within Ministry of Health and among other agencies.

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the organising committee of the 22nd NIH Scientific Conference for their commendable endeavours, efforts and initiatives to ensure the success of this conference. We look forward to your participation in the 22nd NIH Scientific Conference. Until then, stay safe and keep healthy.

Professor Dr Maznah Dahlui

APACPH Vice President Administration & Regional Director Malaysia
APACPH-KL Secretary

Assalamualaikum wbt and Salam Sejahtera.

As the Co chair of the 22nd Scientific Conference, I take great pleasure in welcoming all of you to this conference.

I am so hounoured that for this year’s Scientific Conference, the NIH had invited the APACPH-KL to host this prestigious conference with the theme "Heal, Innovate, Change and Improve for a Healthy Nation".

To those not familiar with APACPH, it is an international non-profit organisation comprising of many respected and influential Public Health institutions in the Asia-Pacific region which are dedicated to improve professional education and training for public health. The goal of the Consortium is to achieve the highest possible level of health of the respective populations of all the nations via multisector collaborations. It has developed into an organisation which has raised the bar for public health standards and community awareness worldwide.

The idea of healthy nation has been around for a period of time. I believe that each individual should aspire to live in healthy conditions and to have access to a quality healthcare. Imagine a world where everyone is healthier than ever before. A world where chronic illnesses, infectious diseases, cancer, or even the newly emerged pandemic are eradicated. A future where life expectancy increases, maybe surpassing 100 years old! In these visions of the future, it all starts with what we do today - as society changes our habits and routines through innovation and legislation, wellness levels could skyrocket.

It is my sincere hope that this conference will be a blessing to us and the world in general. Thank you for your whole-hearted participation in this great gathering of intellectual key players.