During November 3-4, 2020, via the online platform, Webinar, Prof.Piyamitr Sritara, M.D., Dean, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand, along with Prof.Ken Nakata, M.D., Director of Center of Global Health, Osaka University. Japan, provided the opening remarks and keynote speeches for the 5th Joint Conference Ramathibodi-Osaka University 2020, under the main theme “Global Collaboration to fight COVID-19”. On the first day of the conference, Dr.Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn, M.D., Executive Director of ASEAN University Network – Health Promotion Network, kindly provided the keynote speech on “How can a county control effectively prevent the spread of Coronavirus-2019: a Case Study from Thailand”. While on the 2nd day, Dr.Pattanasak Monkolwat, Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Mahidol University, kindly gave a presentation on "Disruptive pandemic: Is it a new normal?".
The conference comprised not only the honorable speakers from Japan and Thailand but also from Indonesia, South Korea, and France, aiming to provide the updates of each countries’ efforts on COVID-19 as well as to share their experience towards the situation of the pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak might disrupt everyday life for billions around the globe, however, at the same time, this crisis proves that strong international collaboration and partnership are the important keys to success in order to overcome this crisis and recover together.