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2013 Health Working Group Meeting

posted May 25, 2014, 11:47 AM by APEC Admin   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 8:44 PM by Admin Web ]


1st Health Working Group Meeting

The host of APEC 2013 is Indonesia under the theme of “Resilient Asia-Pacific, Engine of Global Growth”. The 1st Health Working Group Meeting as side meeting of the 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM II) and Related Meetings was chaired by Russia in Surabaya, Indonesia from April 11th to 12th. During the 1st HWG regular meeting of 2013, it reviewed the projects of 2012 and introduced latest concept notes submitted from Indonesia, Singapore, Peru and Russia. It also incorporated the Presentation on Cross Cutting Issue of Emergency Preparedness from Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) and the Presentation on ASEAN Health Issues into the meeting agenda as a trans-regional cooperative focus.

In addition, since the first attempt of collaboration through a Joint Session between the HWG and the Life Science Innovation Forum (LSIF) in 2011, besides the HWG regular meeting itself, the HWG meeting also contains the Joint Session with the LSIF. During the Joint Session with the LSIF in the 1st HWG Meeting of 2013, it updated the implementation of Indonesia’s priorities in both group and forum as well as discussed the draft agenda for 2013 APEC High Level Meeting on Health and the Economy, which is to be held on this September.


2nd Health Working Group Meeting

The 2013 APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOMIII) and Related Meetings has started in Medan, Indonesia on June 22nd and will be closed on July 6th, during which the 2nd Health Working Group (HWG) meeting will be hosted on July 1 and 2 and chaired by Russia.

The 1st day of the meeting will begin with the opening session and the discussion of the Strategic Planning, then move on to a cross issue collaboration with Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG). The afternoon session will start by updating and discussing the approved and on-going HWG projects and will finish with the HWG deliverables for 2013 including possible recommendations made by the conclusion from the 1st HWG meeting HIV policy dialogue in this April as well as Universal Health Coverage (UHC) input for model which will be presented by Thailand.

The 2nd day of the meeting will start by the introduction of new HWH concept notes for session 3.  And the HWG/LSIF Joint Session is arranged in the afternoon, covering the briefing on the 3rd High Level Meeting on Health and the Economy, the progress report by US, and the updates on the dialogues to be held on the following 2 days. At the end of the 2nd HWG meeting of 2013, Indonesia will introduce its arrangement of the Health Policy Dialogue for 2014, and the HWG will discuss the selection of the next HWG Chair of 2014-2015. Finally, the meeting will be closed after a briefing by the Host of APEC 2014, China, on the APEC 2014 activities.

In terms of the side meetings of the 2nd HWG meetings, under the initiative by  LSIF PG Chair, there will be three back-to-back dialogue held on July 3 and 4, including “the Dialogue of the Development of Medicinal Plant and Traditional Medicine” to be hosted by Indonesia, “the Dialogue on Collaborations to Address Mental Health Challenges” and “the Dialogue on Building Capacity to Address Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)”, both to be held by the USA.

2012 Health Working Group Meeting

posted May 25, 2014, 11:46 AM by APEC Admin   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 8:46 PM by Admin Web ]


1st Health Working Group Meeting

The host of APEC 2012 is Russia Federation under the theme of “Integrate to Grow, Innovate to Prosper”. The 1st APEC Health Working Group meeting of 2012 was held on 7-9 February in the capital city of Russia Federation-Moscow, representatives from APEC economies gathered for the new proposals in 2012 and the progress evaluation of projects in 2011.

The incoming New HWG Chair Dr. Svetlana Axelrod (Russia) was introduced at the opening sessions by the outgoing Chair Dr. Masato Mugitani (Japan). During the 1st HWG meeting, 9 projects of 2011 progress reports was presented to member economies by Chinese Taipei, Republic of Korea, Russia, and China, and 4 new concept notes of 2012 proposed by Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, China, and Singapore were also introduced.

USA also briefed the follow-up work on the Action Plan for APEC NCD White Paper as well as future initiatives for APEC Aging Population Strategy. In addition, current work of LSIF which further cooperation is considerable was discussed. Chinese Taipei briefed on the preparations for the coming Health Policy Dialogue to be held during the Second Health Working Group meeting.

The consideration to change the date of Second Health Working Group to avoid conflicting with World Health Assembly dates will be announced and circulated to member economies after the meeting for inter-sessional support by HWG members.


2nd Health Working Group Meeting

The 2nd Health Working Group meeting of 2012 was held in St. Petersburg, Russia on June 24th to 25th, 2012.

The meeting was opened by the representative of the Health Committee of the Government of St. Petersburg and followed with the opening remarks by the Chair Dr. Svetlana Axelrod. During the Second HWG meeting, 12 projects of 2011 progress reports was presented to member economies by Russia, China, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Singapore and 14 new concept notes of 2012 proposed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Russia, Thailand, Mexico, China, and Viet Nam were also introduced. In addition, Indonesia introduced a multi-year project (MYP) on Public Health Profession Capacity Building and Harmonization among APEC Economies and a self-funded project on Developing Educational Masters Program for Global Health and Leadership among APEC Economies.

APEC Secretariat briefed the 8th version of APEC project guidebook and cooperation with international organization was also introduced. Representative of Philippines briefed ASEAN Health Work Priorities on behalf of ASEAN. Other experts also presented work about UNICEF, Non-Communicable Diseases for prospective cooperation. The APEC NCD Action Plan Implementation Template and Report was also introduced during the meeting as the result of collaboration work. At the end of the meeting, Indonesia was elected as the next HWG Vice Chair and briefly presented their work of preparation for 2013.

In addition, since its first attempt of collaboration through a Joint Session between the HWG and the Life Science Innovation Forum (LSIF) in 2011, besides the HWG regular meeting itself, the HWG meeting also contains the Joint Session with the LSIF. The Joint Session in the 2nd HWG Meeting of 2012 was held as an APEC High-Level Meeting on Health and Economy with the theme “ Investing in a Healthy Life Course” in Saint Petersburg, Russia Federation on June 27, 2012.

APEC economies face the twin challenges of a rise in non-communicable disease through life style choices and ageing demographics and unsatisfactory outcomes for maternal and child health that bring forward the age when non-communicable disease strikes and lowers the productivity potential of an economy over the long term. This meeting focused on the discussion of these challenges and identify high impact investments that can be made along the life course that yield a real economic return and transform health into an economic asset and driver of economic growth.

2011 Health Working Group Meeting

posted May 25, 2014, 11:45 AM by APEC Admin   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 8:48 PM by Admin Web ]


1st Health Working Group Meeting

The host of APEC 2011, the United States dedicated to promoting “A Seamless Regional Economy” by focusing on three priority areas including (1) strengthening regional economic integration and expanding trade; (2) promoting green growth; (3) regulatory convergence and cooperation.

The 1st Health Working Group meeting of 2011 was held and chaired by the US on 6-7 March in Washington DC. During the meeting, the progress of four remaining projects from 2011 had been presented to member economies by by P. R. of China, Vietnam, Chinese Taipei and Republic of Korea and eight new projects had been presented by Singapore, Republic of Korea, P. R. of China, Canada, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

At the 1st HWG meeting in 2011, Life Sciences Innovation Forum(LSIF) and Health Working Group(HWG) had the very first Joint Meeting as the initiative attempt to consider the possibilities of cooperation between these two APEC fora.

At the Joint Meeting, member economies has brought up some areas which both working group and forum can cooperate with each other and considered to held the joint meeting annually in order to continue the cooperation. The area where they could cooperate includes: Behavioral Research and Study on Risk Factors, NCDs: Non-Communicable Diseases (especially on aging issue), Health System Strengthening Including Aging Issue and Health Financing, and IT / ICT.


2nd Health Working Group Meeting

The 2nd Health Working Group meeting of 2011 was held in San Francisco on 13-15 September during the third Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM3). APEC economies gathered at the meeting to review the outcome of report from the HWG program of work in 2010 as well as to evaluate the development of the HWG program of work in 2011.

Besides the regular HWG meeting, the Health System Innovation Dialogue, co-hosted by LSIF and HWG, was also held in San Francisco on 16-17 September 2011. APEC health ministers – including Brunei; Hong Kong, China; Malaysia; Philippines; and Chinese Taipei – and other high-level officials met at the dialogue discussing the importance of innovation, multi-sectoral collaboration, and public-private sector partnerships to develop and implement an APEC Action Plan to Reduce the Economic Burden of Non-Communicable Disease.

The Action Plan requires APEC economies to:

  • Adopt approaches to policy development that involve all government agencies and health stakeholders;
  • Establish public-private partnerships focused on leveraging innovations to strengthen health systems to meet the chronic disease challenge; and
  • Share best practices and track outcomes on chronic disease prevention, detection, and control activities.

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