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High-Level Meeting on Risk Communications for Public Health Emergencies

Risk Communication & Leadership during Health Emergencies

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
14 - 15 June 2017 Riko KIMOTO Political and Economic Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



Venue:
Seoul, Korea

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) are in partnership to host a multi-country, high-level meeting focussing on managing risk communications for public health emergencies.

The overall aim of this meeting is to strengthen decision makers’ capacity to support Emergency Risk Communication (ERC) for Public Health Emergency (PHE). It will look at risk communications as an essential component of crisis management ensuring public communication, internal communication and social engagement. The meeting will identify possible obstacles for high-level officials to make appropriate decisions, and develop strategies to communicate risk to the public before/during/after PHE.

Specific objectives are:

  • To recognise the complexity and the role of ERC in a context of crisis management, including its influence to the public
  • To identify difficulties in making decisions and communicating with the public in PHE from high-level officials’ point of view
  • To explore and integrate work-flow coordination between high-level officials and their respective ERC spokespersons
  • To develop recommendations on actions needed to prepare for future public health events and ERC

Follow live updates of our Meeting and post questions via the hashtag #ASEFRiskComms!

 

Partners

  • Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC)

Sponsors

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

Project Updates

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) jointly organised a high-level meeting on risk communications for public health emergencies on 14–15 June 2017 in Seoul, Korea. The 5th edition of the ASEF Public Health Network’s series of risk communication events since 2013, was held as a meeting and in collaboration with KCDC for the first time.

    The Meeting brought together 32 public health experts from 15 different Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries and international organisations. In addition to sharing experiences on public health emergencies among the panel, scenario-based group discussions were also conducted. Senior officials from across Asia and Europe developed risk communication and preparedness strategies as well as policy recommendations as output.

    In addition to the overall aim of strengthening policymakers' capacity to support risk communications in times of health emergencies, recognising the complexity and the role of emergency risk communication (ERC) in a context of crisis management beyond the health sector was equally addressed. 

    The Meeting also identified difficulties in decision-making and communicating with the public. It highlighted the importance of inter-sectoral coordination between decision-makers and their respective spokespersons. 

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Public Health Network and Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) will co-organise a 2-day High-Level Meeting on Risk Communications for Public Health Emergencies on 14–15 June 2017, in Seoul, Korea. Uniquely designed for senior-level government officials and their corresponding spokespersons from the Ministry of Health or equivalent, the High-Level Meeting aims to strengthen policymakers' capacity to support risk communications in times of health emergencies.


    Policymakers' support is necessary to protect the public from health threats, especially in a globally connected world where public health incidents may rapidly affect other countries and even trigger emergency crises in other regions. Gathering over 30 representatives from 24 Asian and European countries, the Meeting will be an opportunity to identify and address difficulties faced by senior-level officials' when making decisions and communicating with the public.


    The Meeting will include presentations on selected public health emergencies, panel discussions, simulation exercises and group discussions on risk communications and its influence on non-health sectors such as economy, trade, and tourism.


    Follow updates on the Joint KCDC-ASEF High-Level Meeting on Risk Communications for Public Health Emergencies here.