Quality and Equity in Access to Healthcare: Experience in Primary Healthcare Services in Rural Malaysia

Event Date : 11/08/2024 - 18/08/2024
Event Time : All Day
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Limited to 20pax

Effective and efficient primary health care services is important and essential in order to achieve universal health coverage, one for the key goals of SDG. Malaysia pride itself as having one of the best healthcare systems in the region where 90% of its population live within 5 km from a health facility. Nevertheless, there are challenges in ensuring accessibility and maintaining quality services especially in remote rural areas.

You will acquire knowledge about the structure and governance of health services in rural setting and type of services provided, experience how the services are delivered, and the quality initiatives undertaken to ensure quality of care. You will also have the opportunity interact with local staff and community leaders in understanding issues and challenges and approaches taken to deal with these issues and challenges. You will also be exposed to the fundamentals of operational research and quality assurance program in primary health care. These learning experiences will provide you with a better understanding from global perspective, about UHC and SDG.


  • Health service structure and governance (2-tier rural health system).
  • Maternal and child health service in rural setting.
    • Antenatal care
    • Immunisation and cold chain
    • Home visit
    • Community nutrition
  • School health programme.
  • Operational research methodology


  • Kuala Tahan National park, a world heritage site of >130 million years old rainforest.
  • Tropical Fish sanctuary.
  • Aborigines settlement (TBC).
  • August – tropical fruits season.



Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman

Prof Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman is currently Professor of Public Health at the
School of Medicine, IMU University. He is also the Director of the Institute for Research,
Development, and Innovation (IRDI) and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research. He is a
registered Public Health Physician with the National Specialist Registry, Malaysian
Medical Council. He did his MScPH at National University of Singapore and PhD at
National University of Malaysia. He had served the Ministry of Health Malaysia for more
than 30 years as District Medical Officer of Health, Medical Specialist Research Officer
at the Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Director of Disease Control
Division, MOH and finally leading the Ministry’s Public Health Program as Deputy
Director General of Health (Public Health). Upon retirement from public service, he
joined IMU University. He had served in various international and regional consultancy
services such as WHO Geneva, WHO Western Pacific Office and SEAMEO-
TROPMED. His last engagement with WHO was as member of the Advisory Group of
the Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Framework for two terms (2017-2019; 2020-
2022). He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia, Academy of
Medicine Singapore, and Academy of Science Malaysia. He was conferred the Fellow
of Malaysian Public Health Medicine Specialist Society, and Honorary Fellow of
Academy of Family Physician Malaysia and Malaysian Nutrition Society.

Dr Nur Alia Johari, UPM

Nur Alia Johari
BSc(Hons), MPH DIC(Imperial College London), PhD (IMU)

Dr Nur Alia Johari is a senior lecturer under the IMU’s Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI). She is a career researcher specialising in public health, infectious disease epidemiology and neglected tropical diseases. She graduated from Imperial College London with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and a Master of Public Health, completing her PhD in dengue epidemiology at the IMU in 2019. She is the Head of the IMU Advanced Microbiology Collaborative Research Laboratory (AMCRL) and is the IMU-IBC Biosafety Officer. Dr Alia is also Head of the Recruitment Centre for the Seremban Diabetes (SeDia) Cohort, the first large-scale cohort study on diabetes of its kind in Malaysia aiming to recruit 10,000 participants. Currently, Dr Alia is involved in research project management, teaching and research supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of research methodology, microbiology, and infectious disease epidemiology. She has a special interest in the surveillance and distribution of arboviruses and their vectors, upper respiratory tract infections as well as the impact of changing environmental conditions on ecosystems and the emergence of infectious diseases.

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change): D1 – 11 August 2024; D7 –
18 August 2024

Day 1 (Sunday) Arrival in Kuala Lumpur.
Day 2 (Monday)
  • Introductory lecture: Malaysian Health System, operational
    research and quality audit at IMU University, Kuala Lumpur.
  • 3 hours journey to Jerantut, Pahang by bus. Visit District
    Health Office and Jerantut Health Centre.
  • Leave for Kuala Tahan, Jerantut. Free and easy (Kuala Tahan
    National Park).
Day 3 (Tueday)
  • Primary care services at Kuala Tahan Health Centre – Outpatient
    services, maternal and child health services, childhood
    immunisation and cold chain. Introduction to Operational
    Research and Quality Audit.
  • Free and Easy (Riverine activities and fresh-water fish
D4 (Wednesday) 6 – 8 hours of boat ride (depending on river water level) to Bantal
Village. Stop over at Pagi Village, aborigine settlement, Kuala Sat
village to visit Rural Health Clinic and services. Operational
Research and Quality Audit.
Day 5 (Thursday)
  • Bantal Village Health Centre, home visit with Community nurses.
  • Operational Research and Quality Audit.
Day 6 (Friday) School health programme. Operational Research and Quality Audit.
Day 7 (Saturday) Leave for Kuala Lumpur (boat and bus). Free and Easy in Kuala
Day 8 (Sunday) Depart from Kuala Lumpur.


Regular RM7,200/pax
RM 6,400/pax (A group of at least 4 pax)

Fee Package

  • Twin Sharing accommodation.
  • Meals (3x per day).
  • Local transportation.
  • Inclusive airport transfer.
  • Local travel insurance.
  • Access to National Park.
  • Tour guide (Kuala Tahan).
  • Riverine activities.

Cancellation Policy

  1. Any cancellation of registration must be made in writing to the secretariat of Quality and Equity in Access to Healthcare: Experience in Primary Healthcare Services in Rural Malaysia.
  2. There will be a 50% refund of registration fee for cancellation made before 11 June 2024.
  3. There will be a 30% refund of registration fee for cancellation made before 11 July 2024.
  4. There will be no refund of registration fee for cancellations made on or after 11 July 2024.
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