Debate and Discussion

*Plase note that due to the ongoing situation in Hong Kong, we have revised and updated the Panel Discussion topic of the upcoming AGM to 'The Hong Kong Situation Update Briefing'. Thank you.

19 August 2019, MSF Hong Kong Association

 

This year, we have prepared 2 topics for the AGM. As usual, there is one medical and one non-medical topic. For more information, please download the background information/pre-reading material pack below.


Fri 23 August 2019 : Panel Discussion - Dengue Fever

Speakers: 

  • Dr Rabindra Romauld Abeyasinghe - Coordinator, Malaria, other Vector borne and Parasitic Diseases Unit, Division of Communicable Diseases, WHO, Manila Regional Office
  • Dr Nazni Wasi Ahmad - Research Officer, IDRC, Medical Entomology, Institute for Medical Research, KL, Malaysia
  • Meinie Nicolai - Director General, OCB MSF

Ensuing our debate last year on planetary health, the panel discussion on Friday evening will feature one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019 – Dengue, which is a climate-sensitive disease and now endemic in over 100 countries.  Global incidence of dengue has multiplied significantly over the past five decades due to increased rainfall and rise in temperatures resulting from climate change, among other reasons such as rapid urbanization and the lack of prevention strategies.

We strive to raise awareness on Dengue, in the Movement as well as in endemic countries where MSF have missions, identify gaps and challenges, and explore how MSF can confront this urban killer in the region.


Sat 24 August 2019 : MSF-HK 25th Anniversary - ‘Strength in Diversity’

Speakers:

  • Fan Ning - Board Member, MSFHK
  • Chiels Liu - President, MSFHK
  • Anne Lung - MSFHK Association member representative / Programme Development Manager, OSU, MSFHK

In commemorating 25 years of MSF-Hong Kong, the session on Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to a space for us to take stock of the accomplishments and failures in the past quarter of a century, check out our strengths and weaknesses amidst current issues, and put heads together and envisage what we want MSF-Hong Kong to be in the years ahead and the steps forward.

We hope this will be a constructive dialogue and reflection to keep us true to the core of our precepts in the face of the challenges in the changing humanitarian ecosystem and political landscape, along with the many evolutions in the Movement.

By: Ka Wing Chan