ECTMIH 2023 regional hubs programme

Borne out of our commitment to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability, we have partnered with nine institutions around the world to organise panel and roundtable discussions, debates and related activities on the grand challenges of the health of the people and the planet.

Earlier this week, ECTMIH 2023 local organising committee member Dr Alay Llamas met with fellow committee member Noa Kolpa to hear more about the vision for the regional hubs programme; here's their conversation:

To recap Noa's overview, the participating countries and institutions are

  • Philippines (St. Luke's College of Medicine - William H. Quasha Memorial)
  • Bangladesh (Asian University for Women, in partnership with Red-Orange Media and Communications and Share-net Bangladesh)
  • Australia (University of Sydney)
  • Ghana (University of Ghana)
  • Curaçao (University of Curaçao, Instituto pa Formashon den Enfermeria)
  • Suriname (Anton de Kom University)
  • Colombia: (Universidad Javeriana)
  • El Salvador (Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador)
  • Nicaragua (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios de la Salud)

Regional hubs agenda (Time zone CET)

10 October 2023 Philippines 

Healthy Minds and Hearts for a Resilient People and Planet

In celebration of World Mental Health Day, the Planetary and Global Health Program (PGHP) of the St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial in partnership with insurance company Pru Life UK organized a multistakeholder convening entitled Healthy minds and hearts for a resilient people and planet at PruHouse, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 

This event also served as St. Luke’s PGHP’s regional hub activity for the 13th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH 2023). Representatives from academia, civil society, private sector, and government spanning the fields of climate change and mental health attended the afternoon of contemplation, connection, and collaboration on the intersection between climate change and mental health.    

More information can be found here

Highlights video available here

30 November, Sydney, Australia, 02.00 CET
Building capacity for sustainable healthcare

Unprecedented climate change and environmental breakdown bring extraordinary challenges to health care, which requires a resilient, sustainable, and equitable health system to protect planetary health. There is an urgent need to build capacity for health professionals to respond to climate change as they play a crucial role in mitigating the risks and taking the opportunities to achieve a sustainable, healthier future for all.


  • Prof. Michelle McLean, Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Julia Addison, Lecturer and Coordinator, Planetary Health: A Virtual International Collaboration, University Medical Center, Utrecht
  • Dr. Matti Gild, Senior Lecturer & Staff Specialist Endocrinology, Sydney Medical School – Northern
  • Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran, Research Scientist, Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi, India
  • Bianca Lau-Goodchild, current Master of Global Health student at the University of Sydney
  • Prof. Lynne Madden, Population and Planetary Health, The University of Notre Dame Australia

Recording available here

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One health versus Planetary health: what if we add in the animals? 


  • Dr. Frank Coenjaerts, Associate Professor and Chair Education Committee Utrecht Medical School at Utrecht University
  • Drs. Giovanni Loe-Sack-Sioe, Field Coordinator, Viral Hepatitis Elimination, Suriname; Master of Medicine, Utrecht University

With the special appearance of H.E. Drs. Amar Ramadhin, Minister of Health of Suriname.

Recording available here 

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Lancet Commission on synergies between universal health coverage, health security and health promotion


Dr. Hannah Brown-Amoakoh, Department of Epidemiology, University of Ghana and at Julius Global Health, University Medical Centre, Utrecht University

Recording available here 


Planetary Health is Everyone’s Health: Let’s define our role!


  • Dr. Nazmul Alam, Associate Professor & Director of Public Health Program, Asian University for Women, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Sayed Mohammad Nazim Uddin, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences, Asian University for Women, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Joyce Browne, Associate Professor of Global Health, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Arnob Chakrabarty, Managing Director, RedOrange, Bangladesh

Recording available here 

Colombia (in Spanish with EN subtitles)

Experiences from the healthcare workers, supportive personnel and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic in Bogotá, Colombia: a phenomenological interpretative study


Dra Yazmín Cadena Camargo, Department of Preventive Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Recording available here

Evaluation of the health status of a group of Venezuelan migrant women who were in prostitution and their children, in Colombia


  • Dra Yazmín Cadena Camargo, Department of Preventive Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Dr. Calos Gòmez-Restrepo, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine; Professor at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Recording available here

El Salvador & Nicaragua (in Spanish with EN subtitles)

Arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, behavioural factors and self-perceived health in rural communities of El Salvador and Nicaragua 2023


  • Dra. Milena Marquina de Reyes, Directora del Centro de Investigación Especializada en Salud CIES-UEES Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador
  • Dra. Karen Herrera, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios de la Salud
  • Dr. Thankam Sunil, University of Tennessee

Recording available here

Pesticide concentration levels, uses and perception of quality of groundwater, obtained from industrial wells, in two cantons of the department of La Paz, El Salvador


  • Prof. Carlos Palacios, Professor and researcher, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador
  • Prof. Luis Uzquiano, Professor and researcher, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador

Recording available here

ECTMIH2023 is co-organised by University Medical Center Utrecht, Universiteitsweg 100, 3584 CG Utrecht, Netherlands
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