Professor WH Seto played a key role in initiating Infection Control in Hong Kong and started the local training course for Infection Control Practitioners in 1985. He is involved extensively in Infection Control education throughout China and the region and is the Founding President of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control. Besides being Honorary Professor for the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he is also a visiting professor for the University of New South Wales. He was conferred honorary professorships by several universities in China including Honorary Professorship for Infection Control by the Military Postgraduate Medical College, PLA General Hospital (301) and the People’s Liberation Army of China has in addition appointed him honorary consultant for Infection control in 1999. He is also the past Chairman of the Infection Control Scientific Committee of the “Centre for Health Protection” in Hong Kong. Presently and has authored over a hundred and fifty research papers including the book “Infection Control for the Asian Healthcare Worker”. Many international societies had invited him to speak on Infection Control and they include the ICC, ICID, CDC (USA), ASM (USA), ICN (UK), Hospital Infection Society (UK), APIC (USA), SHEA (USA) and ICNA (Australia). The WHO has also regularly assigned him as advisor for various projects in Infection Control, Antibiotics Resistance and a core group member for the WHO Hand Hygiene guideline. He is also a member of the Emergency Committee of the IHR of the WHO, member of the Infection Control International Network and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, The University of Hong Kong. He is also awarded the “Bronze Bauhinia Star” in 2004 and “Silver Bauhinia Star” in 2011 from the Hong Kong Government for his work in Infection Control in Hong Kong. In view of his years of involvement in Infection Control, he is also active in the related field of Quality Healthcare Management and is presently the President of the Asia Pacific Society of Quality Healthcare.
For 2013 he is made a Meritorious Member of ISC (International Society of Chemotherapy) and also awarded The Yen Award for outstanding research in Infections Disease.
For 2015, he wins the IFIC (International Federation of Infection Control) Martin S. Favero Award 2015. This award is to honor him for his lifetime contribution to global infection prevention.