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ASEF Public Health Network: Expert Meeting: Regional Integration and Infectious Diseases

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18 May 10 - 20 May 10 Governance & Economy Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



As the two main regional organisations of the Network’s Advisory Group, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and the European Commission have confirmed their willingness to share each other’s experiences and explore areas of collaboration. This technical meeting provided an opportunity to explore the capacity of existing regional mechanisms to address pandemics as well as to assess challenges faced by regional organisations in controlling infectious diseases. Asian and European experts from different organisations contributed to this discussion.

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  • Based on the discussions from the “Expert Meeting on Regional Integration and Infectious Diseases”, these meeting proceedings provide highlights of the assessment of regional mechanisms in controlling infectious diseases. The proceedings also outline recommendations for further collaboration between Asia and Europe.

    For this meeting, ASEF Public Health Network gathered a group of experts representing regional institutions, international organisations, national agencies, research institutes and civil society organisations. Participants introduced their current working mechanisms in the fields such as vaccines strategies, communication, and international cooperation. They also shared their experiences during the outbreak of H1N1 influenza pandemic.

    The Meeting allowed ASEF to explore the areas to strengthen Asian-Europe collaboration on public health. As part of its initiatives on public health, ASEF launched a joint research initiative (2011) through an open call for proposals. In addition, ASEF will also commence a series of research exchange workshop in 2012.

  • Participants of the ASEF Network for Public Health Expert Meeting in Luxembourg

    Initiated during the 1st Advisory Group Meeting of the ASEF Network for Public Health in November 2009, the Expert Meeting on Regional Integration and Infectious Diseases was held on 18-20 May 2010 in Luxembourg, at the premises of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission.

    The meeting offered participants a better understanding of EU and ASEAN activities in controlling infectious diseases. It served as an opportunity to exchange experiences and working mechanisms through a platform for discussing priorities and identifying synergies for Asia-Europe cooperation in this field.

    While there were underlying differences between the two regions, participants highlighted common challenges and concerns in various areas, such as communication, regulation, harmonisation, vaccine coverage and its effectiveness or equitability. Participants also demonstrated their desire to promote greater bi-regional collaboration on the surveillance and control of infectious diseases.

    The proceedings of this meeting will be published as part of the research study on Regional and Cross-regional Integration on Surveillance, Detection and Containment of Emerging Infectious Diseases. This study is initiated by ASEF and implemented by the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Diseases.