2007 Projects

Pandemic Risk Communications: Building Capacity in International Media and Stakeholder Relations (Canada)

posted Jun 3, 2014, 3:13 AM by Admin Web

Pandemic influenza presents a potential threat to human health and global economic prosperity, particularly to economies in the Asia-Pacific region. Preparedness is essential for an effective response to an outbreak of pandemic influenza. This proposal seeks funding for a two-day capacity building workshop in pandemic risk communications focusing on international media and stakeholder relations.

The purpose of the workshop is to help participants develop media relations skills and techniques that are consistent with risk communications principles to effectively deal with international media (such as the CNN) in the anticipation of and during an avian or pandemic influenza outbreak. Participants will demonstrate tangible improvement in their abilities to communicate key risk communications messages, and they will gain a deeper understanding of the role of international media and its impact on the domestic risk management of a disease outbreak.

A critical component of preparedness is risk communication. Risk communications occurs before and during an outbreak. Before an outbreak, risk communications enable decision-makers to 1) assess the risk issue; 2) identify those who are impacted by, or who perceive themselves to be at most risk; and, 3) develop appropriate communications messages and strategies to help mitigate against the risk. During an outbreak, risk communications principles assist decision-makers, who are often key spokespeople, to 1) address fears and concerns in a way that is empathetic, 2) encourage appropriate behaviors which will help mitigate the risk, and 3) communicate key messages and information to key partners and stakeholders.

The workshop will be held on the margins of SOM III, June 22-July 3, 2007 in Cairns, Australia and will directly respond to the Ministerial commitment in the Action Plan on the Prevention and Response to Avian and Influenza Pandemics to develop effective partnerships with the media to exchange accurate information on public health and animal husbandry practices.

Implementation of APEC Action Plan on the Prevention and Response to Avian and Influenza Pandemics: Progress review and building capacity for future work (Viet Nam)

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In their first Ministerial Meeting on Avian and Influenza Pandemics in Da Nang, Viet Nam in 2006, Ministers adopted the APEC Action Plan on the Prevention and Response to Avian and Influenza Pandemics to strengthen the ability of member economies to effectively prevent, prepare for and mitigate the impact of avian influenza and a possible influenza pandemic through the five main elements. The Leaders later endorsed the Action Plan and affirmed their commitment to its implementation. Ministers strongly encouraged that economies work individually and cooperatively to implement the Action Plan. Ministers also asked SOM to task HTF to develop a report on the implementation of this Action Plan in 2007.

Following Leaders' and Ministers' instructions and preparing for the development of the above-mentioned report, Viet Nam proposes to hold the Workshop 'Implementation of APEC Action Plan on the Prevention and Response to Avian and Influenza Pandemics: Progress review and building capacity for future work', which will tentatively take place on 21-22 May 2007 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The main objective of this workshop is to create opportunity for member economies to share information on the implementation of the Action Plan; identify capacity building needs; discuss priority areas of work; and discuss future capacity building activities and work to ensure the effective and successful implementation of the Action Plan.

The workshop outcomes will serve as a valuable reference for HTF in developing the progress report to submit to SOM III.

Public-private partnership for poultry industry standards and improved veterinary infrastructure to combat Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (USA)

posted Jun 3, 2014, 3:11 AM by Admin Web

One day seminar on the margins of the SOM II scheduled for April 16-24, 2007 in Adelaide, Australia (exact date to be determined.) The purpose of the seminar is to analyze models and consider options to strengthen partnership between public and private stakeholders to establish poultry industry standards and improve veterinary infrastructure to combat HPAI. Successful examples from a number of APEC economies of public-private partnerships in AI surveillance and detection will be shared and discussed. This seminar is intended for senior policy makers from the public and private sectors. Ideally, each APEC economy would be represented by their senior authority for animal health, public health official for emerging infectious diseases, and leaders of the poultry associations.

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