HAIAP Forum 27-29 May 2023 Penang
Health Action for All – the way forward

Health Action International Asia Pacific (HAIAP) and partners – Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and the Third World Network – hosted a forum in Penang on May 27 and 28 at Dewan Budaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia in line with WHO’s World Health Day slogan for 2023: Health for All.
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The 2-day meeting with its theme Health Action for All: the way forward was as historic as the day when it was decided that HAIAP would be hosted by then International Organisation of Consumer Unions (IOCU)’s regional office in Penang. The third day – May 29 – was devoted to planning our way ahead.

Joining the journey was Tan Sri Dzulkifli Razak (currently IIUM rector) whose health activism began as a student of USM and on to his leadership at the USM School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, inspired by the principles of Primary Health Care embodied in the Alma Alta Declaration of 1978.

On the special occasion of its 40th anniversary, HAIAP produced a book ‘HAIAP at 40which is a chronicle of health heroes, historic events, challenges and victories. This book covers many dimensions of the journey: the people, the places and the passions; the vision, the victims and the victories; and the initiatives, the inspirations and the ingenuity.

In Penang – after 42 years – stories were told and partnerships celebrated. New challenges were identified, new friends joined us, and our way ahead was planned.

The videos can be accessed via the links below: (Thank you Yap Beow Keat)

  • Day 1 –
  • Day 2 (Morning) –
  • Day 2 (Afternoon) –

Session 1. The program was opened with the National Anthem, prayers and welcomes from the Dean Assoc Prof Dr Nuurzalina Binti Abdul Karim Khan and the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Habibah A Wahab.

Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak introduced the proceedings and a Keynote Address was delivered by Dato’ Seri Anwar Fazal who paid a special tribute to Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, one of the founders of HAIAP and the founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) in Bangladesh who died on April 15.
Dr Tariqul Islam from GK paid a personal tribute to Dr Zafrullah.

What followed was the presentation of the Olle Hansson Award 2023 – jointly – to Dr Claudio Schuftan and Dr Michael Tan.

Presentations at the event can be seen below

Session 2.

Session 3.
 Access to Affordable Essential Medicines and Technologies:
‘TRIPS’ and Equity
‘The Malaysian experience in using TRIPS flexibilities’
Beverley Snell and Chee Yoke Ling

Session 4.
‘The importance of the ONE HEALTH approach to Antimicrobial Policy at National level: Case study of the Thailand AMR movement’
Dr Niyada Kiatying Angsulee 

Session 5.
Country Experiences
Pakistan- HANDS Dr Tanveer Ahmed
Sri Lanka Prof Manuj Weerasinghe
Kerala – Dr Ekbal Bappakunju

Session 6.
FORUM – Dispensing Separation: Is it merely and academic discussion.
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
Australian Case Study: Beverley Snell
(see Day 2 afternoon above)

Beverley Snell Award: Three winners of the ‘Catalyst Crew’ video competition
(see Day 2 afternoon above)

Summing up and closing: the way forward
Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Raza