Handpicked DLSHSI College of Medicine students joined hundreds of student delegates from all over the world during the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) 2015 Asia conference. In particular, they attended the panel meeting on Health and Social Policy themed From Understanding to Solutions: Bringing Better Value to Asia’s Healthcare System. One of the speakers of the panel was DLSHSI’s VCLML Dr. Charles Yu, who talked on Transformation of Healthcare from Urbanization and Changing Demographics. The panel talked about the positive effects of rapid economic growth in Asia to healthcare. Key issues such as decreasing mortality from communicable diseases to the shift in increasing mortality on chronic illnesses, healthcare systems developed to meet this increased demand, and formidable health and social costs which burdened the marginal sector were also tackled. Solutions to these problems including better use of public health campaigns and social media to improve health and change behavior were also discussed. Finally, the panel imparted some efficient solutions offered by the government as well as the private sector in overcoming these formidable challenges.


The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is a student-run organization of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. HPAIR organizes Harvard University’s largest annual student conferences in the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s Asia conference was hosted by De La Salle University, Manila, bringing the conference back to the Philippines 21 years last August 20-24, 2015 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel.


This five-day conference highlighted the most important aspects of the Philippines, especially the tremendous strides we have made toward improving economy, advancing technology, and providing new opportunities to the masses that will surely leave a mark on key regional and international issues. This year’s Asia Conference theme, Confronting Asia’s Development Challenges through Innovation, serves as a call to action to the 500 students and young professionals who attended the conference and upon return home will make a profound difference in their own communities. The conference also provided the students with an opportunity to forge friendships with local and international academics, to meet business leaders and policy makers who spoke on pressing issues and to engage with some of the most inspiring figures from the international arena as well as with other young leaders from around the world.