Invited Lecture(JGES)
Thu. November 2nd   11:30 - 12:00   Room 8: Portopia Hotel Main Building Kairaku 1+2
Invited Lecture5
Clinical status and problems in gastrointestinal treatment in Asian countries: The Indonesian experiences
Dadang Makmun
Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia
Indonesia is the 4th most populous country, with an estimated total population of 278 million. As the population and life expectancy increased annually, aging-related diseases and infectious diseases also contributed to morbidity and mortality, particularly gastrointestinal (GI) diseases.

The number of acid-related diseases, GI and pancreaticobiliary cancer, functional GI disorders, fatty liver, diarrhea, Helicobacter pylori and hepatitis B infection has increased in Indonesia, including its complications, adding further problems to the healthcare system.

Meanwhile, healthcare facilities, including competent healthcare workers, are limited. Endoscopy plays main role in diagnosing and treating GI diseases, even though the number of endoscopy facilities and its operator, gastroenterologist or internist-endoscopist, are not widely accessible in Indonesia. Only a few gastroenterologists in Indonesia had the competence of advanced endoscopy procedures, and as a society, we tried to provide more training and workshops to escalate our capabilities.

These are significant challenges we faced in managing GI diseases in Indonesia. Some treatment modalities are not affordable; our government contrive national healthcare insurance to overcome this problem despite some IBD and colorectal cancer treatments still facing limitations.
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