2015•02•26 Kuala Lumpur
On 17 February 2015 Professor Dr. Trevor Hancock, co-founder of the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Cities Programme, presented the 2015 Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Lecture, “A Healthy Planet for Healthy People and Communities”, sharing his adventures in public health policy and research.
A colourful figure with infectious enthusiasm, Professor Hancock’s passion for public health stemmed from his experience as a volunteer schoolteacher in Sarawak in his teens. Professor Hancock illustrated how positive local government policies and intervention have done more to improve public health beyond advances in medicine in the past century.
He detailed the efforts of transforming the city of Toronto into a healthy city and other inspiring examples of how concerted efforts by stakeholders at various levels can make tremendous change to the quality of life and health of the community. His fervor for public health led him to venture into political activism for the Green Party in the UK and Canada for a short period in the 1970s and 1980s. Since then, he has focused his energy primarily on research that encourages local governments and other relevant organizations, such as WHO, to push for systematic healthy environment policies.
The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Lecture 2015 was jointly organized by UNU-IIGH and University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in conjunction with the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society. The Society was established to maintain the legacy of Dr. Wu Lien-Teh, a prominent physician whose dedication and immense contribution in the field of medicine in China and Malaya earned him the title of The Plague Fighter. The presence of his two great grandchildren made the 2015 event very special.
A PDF of Dr. Hancock’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.