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Asia & Europe: are we prepared for future pandemics?

Public Briefing

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02 February 2012 Debasmita Dasgupta Political and Economic Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



Venue:
Brussels (Belgium)

The ASEF Public Health Network organised a Public Briefing to share the ASEF-ASAP (Accurate Scenarios, Active Preparedness) scenarios for pandemic preparedness. The event was held on Thursday 2 February 2012 at Brussels, Belgium. This briefing was the first of its kind in Europe after the launch of the ASEF-ASAP scenarios in Bangkok, Thailand last year.

The attendees from public and private sectors in Brussels came to know more about the application of the scenarios in developing multi-sectoral pandemic preparedness plans for Asia and Europe. Representatives from ASEM  embassies, academia, chambers of commerce, corporations, UN agencies and other international non-profit organisations and the media participated in this event.

To know more about the ASEF-ASAP scenarios click here

For details about the launch of the scenarios in Bangkok click here

Click here to view picture gallery

 

 

Project Updates

  • Preparedness is the key

    Published on 01 Mar 2012

    Mr Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Health and Consumers, European Commission, complimented ASEF’s commitment in strengthening Asia-Europe public health cooperation during the Public Briefing “Asia and Europe: are we prepared for future pandemics” in Brussels, Belgium (2 February 2012). During his speech as the Guest of Honour he said: “Preparedness by critical sectors of the society is the key to minimise the negative effects of a future major health emergency across the society”.

    This Public Briefing was the follow up from the ASEF-ASAP (Accurate Scenarios Active Preparedness) scenarios launch in Bangkok, Thailand last year. ASEF Public Health Network encourages individuals and organisations across Asia and Europe to use these scenarios to develop effective, long-term, multi-sectoral strategies for preparedness and response of pandemics or any health emergencies.

    Appreciating the relevance of scenario planning methodology in preparing for health emergencies, Prof Marc Van Ranst said: “During a crisis, it is important to continuously tailor your actions with constantly evolving situations. A range of different scenarios allows you to seamlessly switch from one scenario to another. This operational agility is a key factor to an appropriate crisis response." Prof Van Ranst was one of the esteemed panellists during the Briefing in Brussels.

    A set of recommendations, from the Network’s Strategy Development Workshop for Air Transport Sector, was also shared with the public for the first time during the Briefing in Brussels. Prof Dr Jürgen Graf, Director of Medical Service, Lufthansa, who was one of the panellists at the Briefing and also participated in the above-mentioned workshop, shared his experience in using the scenarios to strengthen preparedness in air transport passenger services. According to Prof Dr Graf, “imagining possible futures is important to facilitate effective pandemic preparedness programmes in the air transport sector. It helps in business continuity management in the interest of both, the sector and the community at large.”

    Read more…

    See the ASEF-ASAP scenario animations

    View the picture gallery

  • This is a sharing from Clive Parkinson who is an expert in using art and design for health education. Clive was one of the participants who was actively involved in the development of ASEf-ASAP scenarios for pandemic preparedness

    For the last couple of years I have had some engagement with the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) and have actively worked with them on Scenario Planning around possible future pandemics. The work is gathering momentum and ASEF have produced a number of films to tell the story. They are also developing strategy for delivering this work.

    Read more....

  • The Parliament Magazine reports -

    A top EU official says that "preparedness" is the "key" to ensuring that Europe is ready to tackle future health emergencies.

    Speaking in Brussels, Martin Seychell, of the commission, said, "The EU is committed to improve international collaboration to tackle serious cross-border health threats."

    Seychell, the commission's deputy director general of the directorate general for health and consumers, was a keynote speaker at a conference on the readiness of both Europe and Asia for future health pandemics.

    He said, "Preparedness by critical sectors of society is the key to minimise the negative effects of a future major health emergency."

    Read more...

  • Recent public health emergencies revealed gaps in our preparedness planning and response strategies and capacities. They made clear that multi-sectoral collaboration and preparedness by critical sectors such as information technology, energy and transport are a key to minimise the effects of a future major health emergency across the society. The 2011 E.coli outbreak in Europe demonstrated that a public health crisis could have major consequences on the economy. Besides the public health consequences, this emergency resulted in losses of more than €800m in the agricultural sector, caused major international trade disruption and mistrust from consumers. Such consequences can even be more pressing in the context of a pandemic.

    Read more...

  • Knowing the Unknown

    Published on 05 Feb 2012

    “Preparedness by critical sectors of the society is the key to minimise the negative effects of a future major health emergency across the society” stressed Mr. Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Health and Consumers, European Commission. Welcoming ASEF’s commitment in strengthening Europe-Asia public health cooperation, Mr Seychell mentioned, “The European Union is committed to improve international collaboration to tackle serious cross-border health threats.”

    Read the full article on Friends of Europe

  • In Bangkok last year, ASEF brought together an international panel of experts to share outcomes from ASEF’s future-oriented approach towards the anticipation of future pandemics and public health emergencies. These ASEF-ASAP (Accurate Scenarios Active Preparedness) scenarios are a set of long-term scenarios for pandemic preparedness.

    The outcomes of that event along with recent updates from the ASEF Public Health Network’s activities will be shared during a Public BriefingAsia & Europe: are we prepared for future pandemics?” at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel on  2 February 2012.

    Mr. Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General from Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG-SANCO), European Commission will be the Guest of Honour for the day. Representatives from ASEM embassies, academia, chambers of commerce, corporations, UN agencies and other international non-profit organisations and the media are also invited.

    Interested members of the public and media representatives who wish to attend this event can register by sending an email to debasmita.dasgupta@asef.org

     

    Event details are below:

    Date:                       Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Timing:                   09.30 AM – 13.00 PM (Lunch provided from 13.00-14.00)

    Venue:                    Renaissance Brussels Hotel

    Rue du Parnasse 19 • Brussels, 1050 Belgium

     

    Admission is free

  • Preparing for the next global pandemic

    Published on 30 Jan 2012

    The debate over studying avian influenza - or H5N1 virus - transmissibility returns pandemic risk to the fore of public anxiety. Regardless of the specific agent, influenza or otherwise, a robust plan for preparedness and response must contend with multiple uncertainties. Containing transmission is key. The 1918 Spanish flu wiped out 30 per cent of the world's population at the advent of modern transportation that, by the start of the 20th century, offered global coverage. Infected passengers of ships and trains spread the flu; moreover, severe epidemics occurred in shipyards and among railway personnel.

    Read more...

  • Are we prepared for future pandemics?

    Published on 10 Jan 2012

    Participate in the Public Briefing - Asia & Europe: are we prepared for future pandemics? following the registration details below -

    Registration details

    Date:        Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Venue:     Renaissance Brussels Hotel

                      Rue du Parnasse 19 • Brussels, 1050 Belgium

    Timing:    09.30 AM – 13.00 PM (Lunch provided from 13.00 -14.00 PM)

    Admission is free

    Interested members of the public and media representatives willing to attend can register by contacting Smita at debasmita.dasgupta@asef.org

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