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ASEF Public Health Network

Public Health



Since: 2009

Since its launch in 2009, the ASEF Public Health Network (ASEF PHN) has been promoting bi-regional exchange of public health priorities with a strong focus on emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), including pandemic influenza.

ASEF Public Health Network


ASEF Public Health Network (ASEF PHN) is part of the ASEM Initiative for the Rapid Containment of Pandemic Influenza. The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) leaders at the 7th ASEM Summit (2008) stated their determination to combat a possible human influenza pandemic. Reflecting this strong political statement, the initiative was officially launched in 2009 with the financial support from the Government of Japan. ASEF PHN’s scope is not limited to pandemic influenza; it expands to infectious disease control as well as pandemic preparedness and response. Its mission is to increase ASEM Partners’ capacity to fight against EIDs.

Since 2018, ASEF PHN’s work is also added on WHO’s Strategic Partnerships Portal website: Strategic Partnership for International Health Regulations (2005) and Health Security (SPH), under Donor Partner Landscape ( covering AMR, Emergency Preparedness, Risk Communications and COVID-19. 


Our Goals

  • Promote bi-regional exchange and collaboration related to pandemic preparedness and response such as risk communication for public health emergencies, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), etc

Increase ASEM Partners’ capacity to combat public health emergencies

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