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Strategy Development Workshop on Preparedness for Pandemics and Public Health Emergencies in the Passenger Air Transport Sector

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
15-16 December 2011 Sunkyoung Lee Political and Economic Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



Venue:
Budapest, Hungary

ASEF organised a Strategy Development Workshop on Preparedness for Pandemics and Public Health Emergencies in the Passenger Air Transport Sector in Budapest, Hungary (15-16 December 2011).

During pandemics or any public health emergency, the air transport sector is highly affected. This workshop addressed such concern.

ASEF used ASEF-ASAP (Accurate Scenarios Active Preparedness) scenarios for pandemic preparedness as a tool to design the outcome of this workshop.

The event mapped current challenges in the preparedness plan of the passenger air transport sector. It framed the challenges in different scenarios in order to develop recommendations for improving current preparedness strategies.

Participants included experts from major airline companies, major airport hubs, government institutions, and international agencies in health and aviation sectors.

The outcomes of the workshop will be published in early 2012.

Click here to see the images from the workshop.

Project Updates

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) participated in an international conference, the ‘6th Meeting of the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation Asia Pacific Project (CAPSCA-AP)’, 22-25 April 2013, in Manila, the Philippines. The conference brought together public health experts and representative from the aviation sector.

    It was hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority Philippines and coordinated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ASEF was invited to share the strategies developed on pandemic and public health emergencies in the passenger air transport sector. These strategies were developed through a multi-sector workshop organised by the ASEF Public Health Network (in December 2011 in Budapest, Hungary,).

    Ms Sunkyoung LEE, ASEF’s Project Manager for Public Health, presented the strategies, which help strengthen the civil aviation sector’s preparedness for public health emergencies. The strategies recommend ensuring reliable media output on public health emergencies through regular and trusted communication channels, and strengthening surveillance and response mechanisms with a comprehensive system to process and verify key data.

    Organisers encouraged the aviation sector participants to use the ASEF Public Health Network's future scenarios and recommendations to strengthen cooperation and preparedness planning for public health emergencies.

  • The International Civil Aviation Organization invited ASEF to the 5th Meeting of the Cooperative Arrangement for the Prevention of Spread of Communicable Disease through Air Travel Asia Pacific (CAPSCA-AP), in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (19-21 April 2012).

    Ms Sunkyoung Lee, ASEF’s Intellectual Exchange team member, participated in this Meeting. She presented the concept behind ASEF Public Health Network’s project on multi-sectoral pandemic preparedness and response (ASEF-ASAP: Accurate Scenarios Active Preparedness). She also shared the outcomes from the strategy development workshop on pandemic and public health emergencies in the passenger air transport sector which was organised in Budapest (December 2011).

    Organisers and participants supported ASEF’s scenarios development methodology in preventing future pandemic and public health emergencies.

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  • Scenarios strengthen strategies

    Published on 01 Feb 2012

    In the event of sudden disease outbreak, immediate air travel restrictions will most likely be imposed. These create a huge impact on the functioning of the global airline industry. To respond more effectively, such situations call for long-term strategies, rather than immediate stop-gap arrangements.

    For this reason, the ASEF Public Health Network organised a Strategy Development Workshop on Preparedness for Pandemics and Public Health Emergencies in the Passenger Air Transport Sector in Budapest (15-16 December 2011).

    Inclusion of social media for risk communication, improvement of surveillance and response systems, and the establishment of partnerships and networking among different actors – these are some of the recommendations from that workshop.  The complete list of recommendations will be shared at a Public Briefing in Brussels on 2 February 2012 at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel.

    The Budapest workshop was attended by 18 representatives from different sectors, including the government, airport authorities, airline industries, and various international agencies in Asia and Europe. The workshop used ASEF-ASAP (Accurate Scenarios Active Preparedness) scenarios to develop strategies for pandemic preparedness in the air transport sector. Participants discussed how the pandemic preparedness and response plans can be strengthened by using ASEF-ASAP scenarios.

    This event was organised with technical support from Lufthansa and Prospex and funding support from the Government of Japan. 

  • During pandemics or any public health emergency, the air passenger transport system is quickly affected. Extensive air travel in the world today has raised dramatically the chances of spreading infectious diseases. In mitigation, a robust pandemic preparedness plan is essential for this sector.

    To address this, ASEF will organise a workshop Preparedness for Pandemics and Public Health Emergencies in the Passenger Air Transport Sector in Budapest, Hungary (15-16 December 2011).

    ASEF-ASAP (Accurate Scenarios Active Preparedness) Scenarios for pandemic preparedness will be used as a tool during this workshop. These scenarios cover a range of possibilities to prepare for future pandemics and public health emergencies in Asia and Europe.

    With the help of these scenarios, the Budapest workshop will map challenges in the existing passenger air transport sector pandemic preparedness plan. It will also assess these challenges situating them in different future settings to develop preparedness strategies. The expected outcome of the workshop will be a set of recommendations for improving the current preparedness strategies.

    Participants of this workshop include experts from major airline companies, airport hubs, government institutions, and international agencies in health and aviation sectors.

Sponsors

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