APPA was formed with the noble objective to "promote friendship between pediatricians of all countries in the Southeast Asian Region for the benefit of children and to promote child health throughout the region".

In order to fulfill this objective, several programs have been initiated:

a. Childhood Injury Actions in APPA
b. Prevention of Childhood Injuries
c. APPA's Multi-Centre Study on Childhood Unintentional Injury
d. APSSEAR'S Travelling Fellowships
e. Formation of Working Committees