APRU Global Health Conference 2020
Global Health Student Case Competition
Global Health Student Poster Contest


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Please note this virtual conference is open to the public and will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.


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The fifth APRU Global Health Student Case Competition gave students an opportunity to practice critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to help address a global health challenge- Improving elderly care in the Asia-Pacific. Teams of 4-6 students had about twelve weeks to prepare a 10-minute video in English, proposing a realistic, well designed, and innovative solution.


The competition brought total 45 teams from 22 universities in 12 economies (Australia, China, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and the US) to develop creative and evidence-based proposals to address the complex challenge.


The three finalist teams (in an alphabetical order) are:

  • MoreDoe from Yonsei University
  • The Yellow Jackets from University of Indonesia
  • Toilet Paper Hoggers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong


The three runner-up teams were PH Pro (Fudan University), Team Medeavour (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), and Terps for Health (University of Maryland, College Park).


The winning team is The Yellow Jackets from University of Indonesia.

Total fifteen international judges were invited to review the entries.A prize of USD 500 will be awarded.

Watch the finalist videos below.



MoreDoe from Yonsei University


(watch it on bilibili here)


The Yellow Jackets from University of Indonesia


(watch it on bilibili here)


Toilet Paper Hoggers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong


(watch it on bilibili here)

Photo credit by Stuart Kinlough Getty Images


The APRU Global Health Poster Contest 2020 just released seven finalists from total 49 submissions across 15 economies and 26 universities .

A prize of USD 500 will be awarded to the winners.

The winning team of the undergraduate poster is from University of Santo Thomas.

The winner of the graduate poster is from Fudan University.

See the posters from the seven finalists here.


Finalist Posters
(in an alphabetical order)
University of Malawi

Zaithwa Matemvu
Apatsa Villiera
Steve Chilmenji

University of Malawi

Zaithwa Matemvu
Apatsa Villiera
Steve Chilmenji

University of Malawi

Zaithwa Matemvu
Apatsa Villiera
Steve Chilmenji

(in an alphabetical order)
BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

Bikram Adhikari

Fudan University (winner)

Zhixi Liu

Universitas Indonesia

Bonardo Prayogo Hasiholan

University of Tokyo

Maya Fujimura


View all the submissions here.

See the judging rubric here to help you identify your favorite posters.

Please contact Dr. Withers if you have any further inquiries.


For inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Dr Margaret Chan
Dr Margaret Chan

Dr Margaret Chan, from the People’s Republic of China, obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978, where her career in public health began.

In 1994, Dr Chan was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong,the first woman to hold that position. In her nine-year tenure as director, she launched new services to prevent the spread of disease and promote better health. She also introduced new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance and response, enhance training for public health professionals, and establish better local and international collaboration. She effectively managed outbreaks of avian influenza and of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

In 2003, Dr Chan joined WHO as Director of the Department for Protection of the Human Environment. In June 2005, she was appointed Director, Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response as well as Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza. In September 2005, she was named Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases. Dr Chan was elected to the post of Director-General on 9 November 2006. The Assembly appointed Dr Chan for a second five-year term at its sixty-fifth session in May 2012. Dr Chan’s last term began on 1 July 2012 and ended on 30 June 2017.

On 2 April 2020, Dr Chan was appointed as inaugural Dean of Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, China.

Dr Minghui Ren
WHO, Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage/ Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases

Dr Ren Minghui serves as Assistant Director-General for Universal Health Coverage/ Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases at WHO headquarters. In this role, he oversees a complex portfolio of technical programmes covering HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, sexually transmitted infections, noncommunicable diseases, mental health and substance use. He currently represents WHO on the boards of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNAIDS, and UNITAID. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Director-General, he spent nearly 30 years working in public health, including as Director-General for International Cooperation in the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China. In China, his work initially focused on health policy and health reform, and later on international health cooperation and global health governance. Dr Ren is a medical doctor and holds a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Social Medicine and Health.

Prof Alejandro Gaviria
President of Universidad de los Andes and Former Minister of Health and Social Protection, Colombia

President Alejandro Gaviria is an Associate Professor at Universidad de los Andes. After having served as Dean of the School of Economics at Los Andes for six years, he was nominated by former Colombian President Santos as Colombia’s Minister of Health and Social Protection, a role which he occupied from 2012 until 2018. After his time working in the national government, he returned to the UniAndes campus as Director of the Center for Sustainable Development Goals for Latin America, until he was elected President of Universidad de los Andes for four years in August 2019.

Alejandro Gaviria has had a broad career as a researcher, professor and civil servant. He completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Antioquia School of Engineering (Universidad EIA). He also has a master’s degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes and a PhD in Economics from the University of California San Diego.

In 2005, he was awarded the Juan Luis Londoño Medal by the Foundation for Research and Technology Promotion for his research’s contributions to creating positive social impact for the Colombian public. In 2009, he won the Simón Bolívar journalism award for the best opinion article, and in 2010, Portafolio named him the best Professor of Economics and Business Administration in the country. In 2018, he was awarded the Order of Boyacá, which is the highest recognition that the Colombian government awards to distinguished citizens for services to the country.

His most recent books include Who Goes Up and Down: Education and Social Mobility in Colombia; At Least We Have the Words; and Today is Still Forever.

Program Schedule

We invite global health professionals and their partners from all relevant sectors to embrace the agenda on UHC across the life course and further explore how global health contributes to:


  • Ensure health equity throughout the life course, within and among countries
  • Enhance collaboration between the health sector and other social sectors for sustainable health and wellbeing
  • Design and implement effective and fair patient-focused integrated care such as promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services, and palliative care
  • Strengthen health in all policy approaches to reduce the burden of disease, both communicable and non-communicable, and ensure the sustainability of the health system as well as the security system
  • Build effective, accountable and inclusive governance at all levels that ensure population health and well-being


View a flyer here and a latest program here to get to know the 14th APRU Global Health Conference.

OCT 19 DAY 1
OCT 20 DAY 2
OCT 21 DAY 3

Opening Session & Welcome Speeches


Keynote Speaker

Dr Margaret Chan, Inaugural Dean of Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University and Emeritus Director General of World Health Organization


Plenary Session: Universal Health Coverage

Plenary Talk

Dr Minghui Ren, Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage/ Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization

Plenary Panel

Moderator: Prof Chantal Herberholz,Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University

Prof Zhijie Zheng, School of Public Health, Peking University
Prof Wen Chen, School of Public Health, Fudan University


Break time


Introduction to APRU Global Health Program

Prof Mellissa Withers, Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, University of Southern California


Panel 1: Aging

Moderator: Prof Cynthia Chen, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Prof Indri Hapsari, Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia
Prof Hua Fu, School of Public Health, Fudan University
Prof Angelique Chan & Dr Ad Maulod, Centre for Ageing Research and Education, National University of Singapore


Keynote Speaker

Prof Alejandro Gaviria, President of Universidad de los Andes and Former Minister of Health and Social Protection, Colombia


Plenary Session: Life course

Moderator: Prof Gita Mishra, School of Public Health, University of Queensland

Deputy Dean, Fan Wu, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University
Dean Michael Lu, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley


Panel 2: Migration

Moderator: Prof Hsin-Chieh Chang, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University

Prof Maria Amelia Viteri, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Prof Lih Rong Wang, Department of Social Work, Taiwan University
Ms Angela Guanzon, The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking


Break time


Panel 3: Women

Moderator: Prof Sierin Lim, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

Dr Meghan Bohren, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Prof Xu Qian, School of Public Health, Fudan University
Ms Annie Kuo, School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington


Panel 4: COVID-19

Moderator: Dean Na He, School of Public Health, Fudan University

Prof Hongjie Yu, School of Public Health, Fudan University
Dr Matias Irarrazaval Dominguez, Ministry of Health, Chile
Prof Martin Wong, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof Emily Chan, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Break time


Awards Ceremony

Announcement of winners of student case competition and poster contest



Welcome the host of 2021 conference