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How can we be better prepared for the next global health threat? Planning and implementing emergency risk communication

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7-8 September 2016 Riko KIMOTO Governance & Economy Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



Venue:
Stockholm, Sweden

 

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) jointly co-organised a workshop on "How can we be better prepared for the next global health threat? Planning and implementing emergency risk communication" 7-8 September 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

 

The workshop focused on strengthening the link between Emergency Risk Communication (ERC) and Public Health Emergency (PHE) preparedness planning, while underlining the importance of integrating ERC into a PHE preparedness plan. It seeked to identify the competencies (skills) needed to secure implementation and subsequently what capacities (resources) and capabilities (knowledge) are required to ensure these skills.

 

The workshop provides a bridging platform for over 60 public health experts from both Europe and Asia to come together and exchange good practices between the two regions through case studies, working group discussions and simulation exercises.

 

 

 

Project Updates

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Public Health Network and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) organised the risk communication workshop, How can we be better prepared for the next global health threat? Planning and implementing emergency risk communication,7-8 September 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. Over 60 experts from 35 ASEM partners participated to discuss how to integrate risk communication into public health emergency preparedness cycle and what capacities, capabilities and competences are required to implement Emergency Risk Communication (ERC).

    The keynote speeches were delivered by Dr Chris NELSON from Harvard University and Dr Gaya GAMHEWAGE from the World Health Organization. There were presentations on 2 case studies: MERS-Cov in Korea and Dengue in Portugal, followed by working group discussions to identify topics and challenges in achieving objectives of effective planning and implementing ERC.

    Total 6 challenges were identified, which were addressed using several scenarios: Community Engagement; Monitoring and Evaluation; Uncertainty Management; ERC Integration in Preparedness Cycle; Political Interface; and Resources. 

  • ASEF and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will co-organise a risk communications workshop “How can we be Better Prepared for the next Global Health Threat? Planning and implementing Emergency Risk Communications”, 7-8 September 2016, in Stockholm, Sweden. This is the 4th edition of the ASEF Public Health Network’s risk communications workshop series since 2013. However, it marks a first-ever collaboration with ECDC, a European Union agency, whose mission is to strengthen Europe's defences against infectious diseases.

    Over 60 public health experts from the fields of communications, preparedness and response, training, and civil society representatives from Asia and Europe will be participating. There will be presentations on selected public health emergencies, working group discussions, a scenario exercise, and development of risk communications and preparedness planning strategies.

    The overall aim is to strengthen the link between Emergency Risk Communications (ERC) and Public Health Emergency (PHE) preparedness planning, underlining the importance of integrating ERC into a PHE preparedness plan. It will also be an opportunity to identify the competencies needed to secure the implementation of ERC within a preparedness plan and identify the capacities) and capabilities required. 

  • ASEF is seeking an independent consultant/consulting company to undertake a role of facilitator for Risk Communication workshop with a view to:

    • Collaborate with ECDC and ASEF in designing the programme of the workshop by contributing technical expertise;
    • Facilitate the workshop (ice-breaker, case studies, workgroup discussions, simulation exercises, and wrap up); and
    • Produce a report of workshop.

    The workshop is planned to take place on 7-8 September 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. A selected facilitator also needs to submit a facilitation plan and refine a tentative programme prior to the workshop. Hence, the work will commence end June 2016.

    For details of the scope of the workshop, please refer to the annex in the Call for Proposals linked below.

    Interested parties should send a draft proposal including brief information about the company and methodology to implement the activities (maximum 5 pages), together with their CV and accompanying cover letter demonstrating suitability. If you form a team of more than 2 people, indicate their role(s). Applications (with the Application Form linked below) should be emailed to Ms Riko KIMOTO, Project Executive for ASEF Public Health Network (riko.kimoto@asef.org) by Sunday, 5 June 2016, 23h59 (Singapore time). Please direct your inquiries to Riko. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    Click here for the Call for Proposals and Application Form.

Partners

  • The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Sponsors

  • Government of Japan
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