On January 11, 2022, the second day of the International Conference "Challenges in NCDs Management to Achieve the SDGs in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond" was held via an online system under the theme “Digital Health: A Strategy to Maintain Health Care for NCDs during COVID-19”.
The first keynote speaker, Professor Dr. Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, USA, spoke on the topic “Hypertension management and vulnerable populations in COVID-19 Backdrop” to discuss hypertension control and review strategies to reduce ethnic and geographic disparities. Afterward, the second keynote speaker, Professor Dr. Prasit Wattanapha, M.D., Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, talked on the topic “Smart Hospital in Smart City for Urban Population” about how hospitals adapt and utilize technology to make the most of urban people become and health-conscious sustainably.
Closing with an interesting topic, "NCDs Center (system innovation)" by Assistant Professor Dr. Thitipong Tankumpuan, Director of The MU-JHU NCD Research Collaborative Center. Dr. Thitipong discussed the objectives of the Center establishment and current activities such as short-term training and webinars. In addition, the future action plans are also mentioned that the Center is planning to promote multi-site research collaboration and exchange programs of students and faculty members to develop the potential of NCDs care management.
The two-day conference marked strong cooperation for sustainable development according to the Sustainable Development Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) which supports global cooperation to foster sustainable development in research and health sciences. It enabled the exchange of knowledge with national and international organizations on NCDs management and control. The benefit of this Conference will become a powerful tool in moving towards the goals set by Mahidol University and will be valuable to all health service providers, especially the nursing profession.