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ASEF scenarios to deal with future pandemics

ASEF-ASAP: Accurate Scenarios, Active Preparedness

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
13 Jun 2011 Debasmita Dasgupta Political and Economic Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



Venue:
Bangkok (Thailand)

The ASEF Public Health Network organised the ASEF-ASAP (Accurate Scenarios - Active Preparedness) scenarios launch on Monday 13 June in Bangkok.

This multimedia launch was a unique opportunity to present the objectives behind the scenario planning initiative by the Network. ASEF presented three scenarios in the form of audio-visual animated spots and a digital publication that encapsulate all information and knowledge resources pertaining to the ASEF scenario-building process. These resources can be used by interested individuals and organisations as tools for pandemic preparedness.

To know all about ASEF-ASAP Scenarios click here.

IN THE MEDIA

Hear an excerpt from the interview of Sol Iglesias, Director of Intellectual Exchange, ASEF with Radio Thailand News:

ABOUT THE SCENARIOS

ASEF-ASAP is one of a kind. Three scenarios were developed through a series of workshops in 2010. Every scenario tells a story in future about what MAY happen and not what WILL happen. Each story starts with a premise and develops a specific context for future. These scenarios do NOT foretell the future. How the future plays out will be different from what we imagined in a specific scenario. But when we take all three scenarios together, they cover the range of the possible.

THE ASEF SCENARIO-BUILDING PROCESS

All three scenarios are developed with the technical support from Prospex, through a participatory process involving a range of participants from health and non-health sectors, with a singular purpose – to develop strategies for pandemic preparedness.

Sponsors

  • Government of Japan
This project is sponsored by the Government of Japan.

Project Updates

  • Call for Proposal deadline extended

    Published on 10 Feb 2012

    ASEF Public Health Network invites proposals from consulting firms specialised in foresight or facilitation. They will be responsible for carrying out one of our key activities under the theme "Multi-sector Pandemic Preparedness and Response". These activities will take place in 2012.

    Interested parties should submit application form (maximum 5 pages) containing - brief information about the company; and implementation methodology/ plan for carrying out the activities.

    Extended Deadline -  All proposals should be received before Friday, 2 March 2012.

    Filled up forms with proposals should be sent to Mr. Rachmat Irwansjah at rachmat.irwansjah@asef.org and Ms Sunkyoung Lee at sunkyoung.lee@asef.org.

    For details please click here

    Download application form here

  • Call for Proposal

    Published on 09 Dec 2011

    ASEF Public Health Network invites proposals from consulting firms specialised in foresight or facilitation. They will be responsible for carrying out two of our key activities under the theme "Multi-sector Pandemic Preparedness and Response". These activities will take place in 2012.

    Interested parties should submit application form (maximum 5 pages) containing - brief information about the company; and implementation methodology/ plan for carrying out the activities.

    Deadline -  All proposals should be received before Friday, 23rd December 2011.

    Filled up forms with proposals should be sent to Mr. Rachmat Irwansjah at rachmat.irwansjah@asef.org and Ms Sunkyoung Lee at sunkyoung.lee@asef.org.

    For details please click here

    Download application form here

  • “The recent outbreak of the E. coli EHEC bacteria in Europe underlines how lack of anticipation on the side of government and society can be dangerous and costly” - this was part of a set of recommendations for pandemic preparedness brought together through a scenario planning approach by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Public Health Network.

    The Network organised a public event on 13 June in Bangkok at the Plaza Athénée Hotel to introduce a set of three scenarios under the name of ASEF-ASAP (Accurate Pandemics, Active Preparedness) Scenarios that cover a range of possibilities to prepare for future pandemics and public health emergencies in Asia and Europe.

    Visitors experienced the scenarios through short animated films and more detailed information was shared through a digital book. ASEF facilitators explained the story behind each scenario – how each scenario was developed and how every scenario is vulnerable to possible pandemic threats. Dr Siriwat Tiptaradol, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, was the guest of honour for the occasion.

    Highlighting the need for scenario planning in pandemic preparedness, ASEF Director for Intellectual Exchange, Ms Sol Iglesias noted: “Public-private partnership is a key to pandemic preparedness, with civil society actively involved… After the relatively mild H1N1, a lot of trust needs to be re-built so that we don’t get lulled into a false sense of security. We need to be reasonably vigilant still.”

    This sharing of the ASEF-ASAP scenarios was followed by a panel discussion and an interactive question and answer session. This was attended by representatives from the Thai ministries, foreign embassies based in Bangkok, Thai academia, chambers of commerce, UN agencies and other international non-profit organisations and the media.