Asia Healthcare Without Borders 2014

Enhancing Quality Healthcare Through Collaboration

AUGUST 6-8, 2014
Hiroshima, Japan

The 2014 Asian Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders
Enhancing Quality Healthcare Through Collaboration

Final Call for Papers

Proposals Due

Conference Description

The 2014 Asian Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders is an international event that will coincide with the 69th Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. Participants of the symposium will be provided with a special invitation to the memorial ceremony. There will also be a free guided tour and a presentation by a survivor of the atomic bombing.

Symposium Welcome

Rapid economic development across Asia has brought about vast improvement in the health care industry with some traditional health metrics, such as infant mortality rate and infectious disease rate among others, decreasing while life expectancy across the board is increasing.  However, this rosy and simplified view masks the sharp health care disparities underlying Asian nations as well as the diverse challenges they face. 

Many factors from the varying levels of social, political and economic development to geology and climate change, which have been responsible for the recent earthquakes and seasonal typhoons and floods, have been reshaping the continent and spawning critical healthcare questions in need of tangible solutions.  In Southern Asia, 1 in 16 children die before the age of five because of the effects of poverty and the absence of quality health care.  Although life expectancy is increasing in the region, at 64 years, it desperately lags behind the rest of Asia.  How can we ensure the equitable and efficient allocation of health-related resources across all Asia to meet basic needs and emergencies?   What role can policy makers play in creating affordable universal health care?

On the other end of the spectrum, well-developed nations like Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore boast a life expectancy over 80 years old.   This fact raises many questions concerning health policies including:  How to address the aging populations and their subsequent ballooning health care costs, as well as the rising number of both non-communicable and dietary diseases, which severely affect all of Asia.

The 2014 Asian Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders will be held in Hiroshima, Japan:  The City of Peace.  The three-day international symposium will coincide with the 69th Hiroshima Peace Memorial. All participants of the symposium will be invited to attend the ceremony. There will also be a free guided tour and a featured presentation by a survivor of the atomic bombing.

Healthcare Without Borders 2014 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for physicians, nurses, administrators, educators, researchers, academics, medical students, humanitarian aid workers, policy makers, non-profit professionals and related healthcare specialists.  With the theme Enhancing Quality Healthcare Through Collaboration, it is hoped that today’s challenges in health care can be met with viable global solutions.

Healthcare Without Borders 2014 is an international, peer-reviewed congress. Full papers are welcome, but not required. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the Healthcare Without Borders Proceedings (ISSN 2188-4005).

We welcome proposals on any of the following tracks or special topics:

  • Biomedicine and Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Critical care management
  • Dental health / Oral health
  • Dermatology
  • Drug development and pharmacology / toxicology
  • e-Health / m-Health / Telemedicine
  • Emergency room healthcare
  • Family medicine / General practice
  • Food safety / Foodborne illness
  • Geriatrics / Gerontology
  • Healthcare administration and policies
  • Healthcare business and data management
  • Immunology and epidemiology of major diseases
  • Intensive care management
  • Communicable / non-communicable diseases
  • Medical education
  • Medical ethics
  • Neurology
  • Nursing informatics
  • Nursing practice and education
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Oncology
  • Palliative care
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric care
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychiatry / Mental health
  • Public health / Community health
  • Sexual health
  • Ubiquitous healthcare (u-Health)

Special topics

  • Developing countries: providing aid in insecure environments
  • Developing countries: access to healthcare
  • Developing countries: appropriate healthcare technologies
  • Environmental health and climate change
  • Ethical issues in globalization of healthcare
  • Evaluating global healthcare
  • Millennium development goals: 2015 and beyond
  • Smart homes and ambient assisted living
  • Social work leadership in healthcare


Host Organizer Chairperson

TakayukiYamada Takayuki Yamada
Chairman, Board of Directors, The PRESDA Foundation of Japan

Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan


Takayuki Yamada is a co-founder of the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. PRESDA is an independent, private, non-profit, chartered organization founded in 2010 by members of Rotary International to raise awareness in the realm of sustainable development and human rights and thereby increase the quality of life for the global community.

Mr Yamada also serves on the Rotary Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013, he led humanitarian and medical missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr Yamada was appointed to serve on the committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chairperson and Plenary Speaker

HenryWang2 Dr Henry Yuan-Fu Wang, M.D.
Physician, Chen-Hsing Clinic, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Visiting Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Tainan Municipal Hospital, Taiwan

2011-2012 President of Rotary Club of Pa-Te Yang, Taiwan

Plenary Title: A New Model of Disease Prevention-Health of Body and Soul

Dr Wang holds an M.D. in western medicine from Chung Shan Medical University, as well as an M.D. in traditional Chinese medicine from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. His practical medical experience includes serving as a visiting physician at the Department of Internal Medicine at the Tainan Municipal Hospital as well as working at and owning the private practices Wang Yuan-Fu Medical Clinic and Evergreen Medical Clinic. Currently, he is a physician at Chen-Hsing Clinic in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.

Apart from his medical duties, Dr. Wang is passionately involved with Rotary International. He served as the 2011-2012 President of the Rotary Club of Pa-Te Yang Te, Taiwan. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Dr. Wang led several missions to Japan to assist with humanitarian efforts.

Invited Featured Speaker

Professor Eiko Kawagoe Eiko Kawagoe
Professor, School of Nursing
Kobe City College of Nursing, Japan

Former Vice President, Japan Association for Medical English Studies
Councilor, The Japan Society for Medical English Education

Plenary Title: English Education for Healthcare Professionals in

Eiko Kawagoe is a noted author and academic on medical English education and healthcare communication. She is a professor in the School of Nursing at Kobe City College of Nursing. Professor Kawagoe is also the former Vice President of the Japan Association for Media English Studies and a Councilor of the Japan Society for Medical English Education.

Her research interests include medical English education, ESP, and current English studies. She has published numerous books, such as “Current English (Medical Version) – The Daily Yomiuri” (Daigaku Kyoiku Pub., 2011), “Travelers’ First Aid Kit” (Cengage Learning, 2008), “Mimikara Manabu Tanoshii Nurse Eigo” (Kodansha, 2002), “Nursing Terms and Expressions Everybody Uses” (Medical View, 2007) and “15 Points in Reading English for Nursing Purposes” (Medical View, 2005).

Invited Featured Speaker

Isao Aratani Isao Aratani
Founder and President
Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace

Mr. Isao Aratani, an A-Bomb survivor, will discuss his life and the horrific events he witnessed on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was subjected to the world’s first atomic bombing.

Mr. Aratani was born in Hiroshima in 1931. He was exposed to the bombing at the East Drill Ground, 2.2 km from the hypocenter when he was a second-year student at Second Hiroshima Prefectural Hiroshima Junior High School. For much of his life, Mr. Aratani has never told his story; however, after moving back to Hiroshima at the age of 69, he decided to share his story in the hopes that future generations will learn the horror of wars and embrace peace for eternity.

Special Adviser

Professor Gabriel Barhaim Gabriel Barhaim, PhD
Professor of Sociology and Cultural Anthropology
Netanya Academic College, Israel

Senior Research Fellow, The Sociological Institute for the Study of Communities
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Gabriel A. Barhaim is senior research fellow at the Sociological Institute for the Study of Communities at Bar-Ilan University, and a professor of sociology and cultural anthropology at Netanya Academic College. His writings have appeared in The International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Higher Education, British Journal of Sociology, and as book chapters.

Special Adviser

SalvadorPenicheCamps Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Dr Salvador Peniche-Camps is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara. His area of teaching expertise is environmental economics with a special emphasis on water related issues.

Professor Salvador Peniche-Camps teaches in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara, where he is also the coordinator of the Integral Basin Management Project in the University Center of Economics and Administrative Sciences. In addition, he also holds the title of Director of the International Seminar on the Santiago River Basin.

His primary research interests are in water administration, ecological economics and water economic fields. He has been working in international lobbying initiatives as well as international consulting for Mexican NGOs.

Special Adviser

WilliamKittredge William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants

He received his Ph.D from the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Public Administration with a specialty in performance assessment and performance-budget linkage. He has numerous research publications and presentations to his credit.


Dr. William P Kittredge is the President of Cervelet Consulting. He is a senior level professional specializing in strategic economic development planning and has significant private sector entrepreneurial and executive experience.

Dr. Kittredge has served as a Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce, Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France, amongst various senior management positions and appointments.


Asia Healthcare Without Borders  2014 affiliates and initiatives we support include:

Sonoma State University School of Science & Technology  Dominican University School of Health and Natural Sciences UIC
Hiroshima Peace Institute PRESDA Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Mayors for Peace
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria 

 MSF Doctors Without Borders

World Health Organization 
International Medical Corps

Healthcare Information for All by 2015

International Council of Nurses Link
OXFAM The Power of People against Poverty Co-Action Publishing Medical Bridges - Bridging the healthcare gap worldwide

Asia Healthcare Without Borders 2014 Advisers

William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
Cervelet Management and Strategy Consultants, USA
Henry Yuan-Fu Wang, M.D.
Physician, Chen-Hsing Clinic, Taiwan
Past President, Rotary Club of Pa-Te Yang, Taiwan
Martin G. Romero-Morett, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
George W Crabtree, Ph.D.
Senior Physicist and Distinguished Fellow
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Prawit Puddhanon, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Production
Maejo University, Thailand
Professor Eiko Kawagoe
School of Nursing
Kobe City College of Nursing, Japan
Mingjing Guo, Ph.D.
School of Economics and Management
China University of Geosciences, P.R. China
Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Economics
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Luis Maria Bo-ot, Ph.D.
Professor, National Institute of Physics
University of the Philippines-Diliman
Takayuki Yamada
Chairman, Board of Directors
PRESDA Foundation
John Latzo
Division of Humanities & Social Sciences
Christopher Charles Seeley
CEO, Climate Change Solutions, Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailand


Hiroshima Peace Park Praying for Peace

For general inquiries, please contact secretariat.healthcare@esdfocus.org