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Public Health


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


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. The outcome of our activities result in policy brief paper and/or publications with recommended solutions for challenges for respective specific themes to combat future pandemics. We are part of the ASEM Initiative for Rapid Containment of Pandemic Influenza that supports pandemic preparedness and response across Asia and Europe.

Our Work

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 emerging infectious diseases. ASEF PHN is the “soft” component of this ASEM initiative, focusing on capacity building amongst ASEM Partners. The “hard” component is the Stockpiling of anti-viral drugs and personal protective equipment (PPE). This comprises the visible part of pandemic preparedness.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many ASEM partners benefitted from this stockpile.

Our Latest Projects

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Sustainable Development
Public Health
28 October - 11 November
Virtual Meeting
Public Health
18-19 September
Bangkok, Thailand
Public Health
10-11 October 2018
Paris, France
Public Health
25-27 September 2017
Hanoi, Viet Nam
Public Health
14 - 15 June 2017
Seoul, Korea
Public Health
25 April 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

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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
Since 2009

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