In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to the end of their term, and a post-2015 agenda, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets, took their place. The 17 goals of the SDGs integrate all three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) around the themes of people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership to be completed between 2016 and 2030.
Those 17 goals also offer a broader framework to address public health concerns in a more holistic way, recognizing the evidence that we can no longer separate poor health from climate change, inadequate housing, gender disparities, and economic privation. Every one of the 17 SDGs has significant public health implications.
Public health irrefutably has a central place in SDGs since it mentions strong commitments to reduce preventable maternal and child deaths, end the epidemics of communicable and non-communicable disease, strengthen health systems capacity and achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as well as several targets under the other goals that are also directly or indirectly linked to the health goal.
The Faculty of Public Health Universitas Indonesia as the leading public health institution in Indonesia understands the importance of public health’s role in achieving SDGs. At the very basic, the involvement of FPH UI was started by building awareness of SDGs amongst its students in forms of academic and non-academic activities.
To accelerate with SDGs’ achievement, the students need an experience where experts from all around the world share their knowledge and research as well as build a professional network and youth involvement. To address this need, FPH UI has conducted annual International Meeting on Public Health (IMOPH) since 2015, initiated by the Postgraduate Student Association. In 2017, the 3rd International Meeting of Public Health (IMOPH) was held in conjunction with the 1st Young Scholar Symposium on Public Health (YSSOPH). With the theme “Public Health as an Art and Science to Achieve SDGs,” this event was attended by nearly 200 participants who showcased their creativity, achievement, and research to contribute to SDGs acceleration. Both symposium and conference shared the same theme and topics.
Conference date: 18–20 September 2017
Location: Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, West Java, Indonesia
Editors: Dr. Dewi Susanna (Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia), Sumengen Sutomo (University of Michigan, USA; Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia), Prof. Meiwita paulina Budiharsana (Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia), Ade Widyati Prastyani, Doni Hikmat Ramdhan (Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia), Dr. Sabarinah (Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia)
Sponsor: Directorate of Research and Community Engagement, Universitas Indonesia
Organizers: Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, West Java, Indonesia
Published: 28 February 2019