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posted May 19, 2014, 8:23 PM by APEC Admin   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 8:21 PM by Admin Web ]

  • Enhancing preparedness for and effective management of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, vector-borne diseases, HIV/AIDS, and pandemics
Based on the results of the “HTF Report on the Implementation of the APEC Action Plan on the Prevention and Response to Avian and Influenza Pandemics”, the HWG will continue to work on key elements of the Plan. Priority areas that have been identified are:
  • continuity of business and essential services through a deepened engagement of the private sector remains a key priority for ongoing work. This is an area that has been identified as critical to maintaining economic and social stability during a pandemic and other health emergencies;
  • the momentum behind the multi-sectoral cooperation and collaboration must be maintained;
  • the need for coordinated, consistent and culturally relevant risk communication approaches and information has been highlighted;
  • address agriculture and trade issues through enhanced collaboration with other APEC fora, particularly with the Agriculture Technical Cooperation Working Group and APEC Business Advisory Council;
  • coordinated regional response to avian and human pandemic influenza by developing consistent approaches with international and regional organizations and civil society groups and ensuring non-duplication of efforts, is seen as important to ensuring an effective response
  • Building the capacity for the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including injuries
The non-communicable disease especially lifestyle related diseases including obesity and diabetes not only in the developed countries but also in the developing countries is highly recognized as a critical area, rising along with the economic growth
  • Strengthening health systems of economies including health financing, human resources, and health information technologies which would contribute to inclusive and secure growth
    • Strengthening health system will be a basis of stability of a social economy and sound economic growth. Considering the development of health systems as investment for the future, maintaining the essential services and fair access and establishing quality and effective health system to provide qualitative and effective health services encourage to secure improvement of health, stability of life and high qualitative labour force.
    • IT has great potential to enhance progress on health care. Investment in health information technology would address health and related economic challenges facing the region.
    • As stated in the APEC Leaders Meeting Statement in 2009, we will also strengthen our health systems and cooperate to prevent and control emerging infectious diseases in the world.