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The 14th International Hybrid Conference Postgraduate Forum
on Health Systems and Policies

Research in the Era of Universal Health Coverage During and After COVID-19 Pandemic

Combination of a "live" in-person event with a "virtual" online component

Some local audiences and speakers in Thailand are in the conference room at PSU via a "live" in-person and those international audiences and speakers join via "online" component.


“Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages” is one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, to be achieved by 2030. The essential components of these goals need to be prioritized so that all countries can integrate them into their health systems and policies. Achieving universal health coverage and providing safe and high-quality healthcare using appropriate evidence-based technology are common challenges for all health systems. The core components of a well-established health system are infrastructure, human resources, finance and well-organized and properly-managed facilities. In order to achieve an efficient and cost-effective health system, the World Health Organization recommends four indicators for monitoring health systems: (1) provision of healthcare services; (2) investment in equipment, facilities, and the training of health personnel; (3) health finance, and; (4) monitoring and evaluation. The measurable outcomes of this monitoring process are the people’s state of health, equity of access to healthcare, health system responsiveness, the responsibility of people on their health, and the financial burden across socioeconomic gradients. Data and research on the progress and achievement of universal health coverage around the world are crucial to health policy makers and researchers in order to monitor the situations of each country and explore the interventions to introduce in multi-stakeholder platforms. Therefore, “Research in the Era of Universal Health Coverage During and After COVID-19 Pandemic” will be the theme for the 14th International Hybrid Conference Postgraduate Forum Forum on Health Systems and Policies in 2020.


  1. To share knowledge and disseminate findings of research in all aspects of universal health coverage at both national and international levels.
  2. To promote and demonstrate utilization of national data to measure and improve universal health coverage.
  3. To strengthen the cooperation and network among educational institutions at national and international levels on health systems and policies.


22 - 23 December 2020


Conference Center and Health Science Library Building, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University


  1. Keynote Lecture/Plenary sessions/Symposiums
  2. Oral Presentation
  3. Poster Presentations
  4. Presentation of Awards

Important date

Registration and abstract submission opening: 15 August 2020
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 September 2020
Abstract Acceptance Notification: 15 October 2020
Registration Deadline: 31 October 2020



Keynote lecture:
Prioritizing policy research on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and COVID-19
Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert
International Health Policy Program Foundation and Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Foundation, Thailand
Plenary session 1: Country experiences on UHC
• Managing financial resources for UHC of NCDs in Malaysia
Prof Dato' Dr Syed Mohamed Aljunid
International Centre for Casemix and Clinical Coding, Faculty of Medicine Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
• Public and private financing in achieving equitable UHC in Indonesia
Prof. Laksono Trisnantoro
Health Policy & Management Department, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
• Utilization of national data for monitoring UHC in Thailand
Prof. Tippawan Liabsuetrakul
Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Plenary session 2: Research needs for UHC
• Research needs for monitoring UHC advancement
Prof. Supasit Pannarunothai
Centre for Health Equity Monitoring Foundation, Phitsanulok Thailand
• Preparation of UHC for epidemiological and dempgraphic transition
Dr. Rintaro Mori
Regional Adviser for Population Aging and Sustainable Development, UNFPA Asia-Pacific Region
Plenary session 3: Role of policy makers and academia for UHC
• What is National Health Security Office (NHSO) needs from academic research?
Dr. Wirat Eungpoonsawat
National Health Security Office (NHSO), region 12 Songkhla, Thailand
• Policy research related to COVID-19
Prof. Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong
Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Registration & Submission


Estimated participants :

100 persons.

Registration fee :

2,300 baht or 75 USD per person.
Note: Send the registration fee via bank transfer to the bank account shown below. After the transfer, please attach the scanned receipt in the registration system.

Account Holder’s Name: Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University (Meeting)
Bank Name: The Siam Commercial Bank PCL
Bank Address: 15 Karnjanawanich Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand, 90110
Account Number: 565-2-64561-2
Swift Code: SICOTHBK
Please send proof of payment to the congress secretariat, Anyawadee Limwachirachot (E-mail:


  1. Registration form without payment will NOT be processed.
  2. Please do NOT send cash.
  3. Congress Secretariat will send a letter of confirmation upon receipt of your registration form and full payment. Kindly check the letter of confirmation. Any changes or alterations must be made in writing to the Congress Secretariat.
  4. On-site registration is not encouraged.
  5. Cancellation policy:
    • Before 31 October 2020: Refund 50% of the registration fee.
    • After 31 October 2020: No refund.
  6. The program is subject to change without prior notice. In the event of cancellation, the organizers will refund all fees paid. The organizers will accept no other liability.
  7. All personal information collected will be solely used for registration and communication purposes.
  8. For registrants from Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Malaysia, please contact the contact person of the Networking Project for International Postgraduate Forum of Health Systems and Policies in your university

View ePoster

Please login with your PGF2020 account. If you forget your password, click "Reset password" in the login page.

** This process will be open on 17 December 2020.

Abstract categories

Scientific abstracts for oral or poster presentation of research related to the universal health coverage are welcome. For review purposes, submitted abstracts will be grouped into the following categories:

- Health system and policy
- Health workforce and finance
- Primary health care
- Health equity
- Health in sustainable development goals

Abstract format

• Abstracts should have a maximum length of 250 words and be structured as follows:
     - Title should be brief but clearly indicating the content of the paper. Abbreviations may not be used.
     - Authors' names and their institutional affiliations. The name of the presenter should be underlined.
     - Objective(s) should be clearly stated.
     - Methods should contain sufficient detail to evaluate their appropriateness and novelty
     - Results should be stated in sufficient detail to support the conclusions. Any abstracts containing “results will be discussed” or “data will be presented” will not be accepted.
     - Conclusions reached.
• Font name and size: Times New Roman, sized 12 points, 1.5 line spacing.
• Indent each paragraph with a tab space before beginning the text.
• Do not use underlining, bold, or capitalization for emphasis.
• Do not include tables, graphs or figures.

** Abstracts will be rejected if they do not comply with the above format.

Instructions for abstract submission

• All abstracts must be submitted through the online abstract system. The presenting author will receive an email acknowledging that the abstract has been successfully submitted.
• The following contact information is required for the presenting author: first name, last name, department, institution, street address, city, state/province, country, phone number and a valid e-mail address.
• One of the following presentation preferences must be selected:
     - Oral presentation: the abstract will be considered for oral presentation only.
     - Poster presentation: the abstract will be considered for poster presentation only.


Special arrangements have been made with the following hotels for participants of our conference. We will arrange transportation from the hotel to the meeting venue if you stay in these hotels. Information concerning transportation to and from these hotels will be announced each day.

Congress Secretariat:

Tel: Local contact: 074-451165
International contact: +66 816981092