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Public Health

Overview

ASEF's work in Public Health

We encourage public health dialogue among Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partners to facilitate multi-sector knowledge sharing between health and non-health sectors including governments, international and non-profit organisations, businesses, academia, and the media

Overview

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental, not-for-profit organisation which brings together the people of Asia and Europe to address common global challenges. It is the only permanent institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) political dialogue Process and is publicly funded by voluntary contributions from 53 ASEM Partners.

Public Health is one of ASEF’s seven key thematic areas. In this field, we engage governments, international organisations and civil society to share best practices and lessons learnt on public health issues related to Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs), including pandemic influenza. We facilitate capacity-building and knowledge-sharing platforms related to the pandemic preparedness and response, such as risk communication for public health emergencies and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The outcome of our activities results in policy brief paper and/or publications with recommended solutions for challenges for respective themes to combat future pandemics. We are part of the ASEM Initiative for the Rapid Containment of Pandemic Influenza.

ASEF PHN is a member of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) since June 2021.

 

 

Our Work

Following the 6th ASEM Summit (ASEM6; 2006; Helsinki, Finland) where the leaders expressed their determination to combat avian influenza and a possible human influenza pandemic, the “ASEM Initiative for the Rapid Containment of Pandemic Influenza”, financially supported by the Government of Japan, was launched at the 9th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM9; 2009; Hanoi, Viet Nam). Since then, the two components of the Initiative, ASEM stockpile of anti-viral drugs and personal protective equipment, as well as ASEF Public Health Network (ASEF PHN) have been contributing to strengthening ASEM Partners’ capacity for managing Public Health Emergencies (PHEs).

For the stockpile project, anti-viral drugs and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are stored in Singapore. With the advice from World Health Organisation (WHO),those anti-viral drugs and/or PPE will be dispatched to ASEM Partners in case of PHEs. While a large part of pandemic preparedness is intangible, the stockpile project represents a visible form of pandemic preparedness. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many ASEM partners benefitted from this stockpile.

ASEF PHN is a unique platform to encourage public health dialogue among ASEM Partners to facilitate multi-sector knowledge sharing between health and non-health sectors, including governments, international and non-profit organisations, businesses, academia, and the media. Our scope is not limited to pandemic influenza – it expands to Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) as well as Pandemic Preparedness and Response. It has been promoting a bi-regional exchange of public health priorities with a strong focus on EIDs, including pandemic influenza.

Our Latest Projects

Check out our latest activities
Sustainable Development
Public Health
28 October - 11 November
Events
Virtual Meeting
Sustainable Development
Public Health
9-11 November 2020
Events
Virtual Conference
Public Health
18-19 September
Events
Bangkok, Thailand
Public Health
10-11 October 2018
Events
Paris, France
Public Health
25-27 September 2017
Events
Hanoi, Viet Nam

Our Programmes

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.
Public Health
Programme
Since 2009

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Meet The Team

Sustainable Development & Public Health Department

Associate Director, Co-ordinator for Pandemic Preparedness & Response

Japan

Associate Director

Poland

Manager for International Public Health

Japan

Project Executive

Singapore

Admin Project Executive

Malaysia

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