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.
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.
Sustainable Development & Public Health Department
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