2008 Projects

Training Course for Rapid Response Team (RRT) on Human Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Containment (Canada)

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Brief Description of Project -- its purpose and the principal activities (including when and where): This project is designed to promote the technical capacity for AI and human AI surveillance, and to strengthen field investigation and emergency response by holding a training course for rapid response team (RRT) on economy and provincial level of China and possibly of other economies from late June through early July in 2008 in China. This project is based on the summary of the former training experience and best international practices. All the economies are welcome to attend the training course. The participants are anticipated to discuss and share their successful experiences and lessons learned. Intensive information exchanged in the course would definitely help the participants better understand APEC scenarios on AI preparedness, prevention, control, and response in order to build their own capacities.

'One World, One Health' Moving from Concept to Practice through Risk Communications (Canada)

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The purpose of this workshop is to advance the concept of 'One World, One Health' through a three day policy dialogue and risk communications workshop to build capacity within the APEC region to address public health threats. Both components will relate to multi-stakeholder engagement in controlling infectious diseases. A combination of animal, human and environmental health experts, including communication specialists, are expected to participate in the event which will happen in Lima, Peru in August 2008 on the margins of SOM III.

'One Health, One World' Policy Dialogue - Moving from Concept to Practice

While the international community has long acknowledged the interaction between the environment, animal health and human health, until recently there has been no broad vision to inspire and guide efforts. The 'One World, One Health' concept - integrating the environment, animal health and human health ?was formally introduced in 2004 by the Wildlife Conservation Society and was a major theme of discussion at the 2007 International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza (IPAPI) meeting in India, and at the 2008 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. . The need for inter-sectoral collaboration has been underscored several times in recent years including combating H5N1 avian influenza and West Nile virus. This approach has now taken on a global context as diseases move around the globe through international trade and travel.

Many of the goals of good governance (early detection, transparency and rapid response) are the same for animal and human health systems, but training and other activities are often developed and conducted independently. In addition, the interaction between environmental changes and pressures, and human and animal health are not always considered when managing infectious disease events. Integrated approaches which include multiple sectors must be enabled and encouraged at all levels including national, regional and international levels.

The first part of the workshop involves a dialogue to help ensure a common understanding of the concept,and the benefits of its implementation in the context of APEC.

Once the concept has been defined, APEC economies will have an opportunity to share examples of emerging diseases which illustrate the interface between animals, the environment and humans and the need for a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder approach. These examples are expected to cover a broad spectrum of infectious diseases and will assist economies in learning about best practices and build their own ability to deal with outbreaks. Ultimately, the workshop aims to identify barriers and solutions to implementing a 'One World, One Health' approach.

Solutions will be directly relevant to building the capacity of developing economies as strategies incorporating 'One World, One Health' will contribute to streamlining programs, training and help promote integration across sectors which will improve preparedness for infectious disease events.

The business community and APEC economies will be asked to explore potential advantages of utilizing the 'One World, One Health' concept and, whenever possible, share experiences of substantial multi-sectoral collaboration.

APEC Workshop for the Control Practice of Dengue Fever (Chinese Taipei)

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Dengue fever has rapidly emerged as one of the most important public health problems in countries of Asia-Pacific Region. In July 2007, the World Health Organization has warned that the Western Pacific Region may be heading for a major dengue outbreak unless concerted effort and cooperation are undertaken quickly. One of the key strategies for prevention and control is vector control through community participation and mobilization of the community at household and community level.

Recognizing the urgent need of improving the capacities among APEC members for the control of dengue fever, the project is designed to hold a workshop for the Control Practice of Dengue Fever in May-June 2008. The workshop will focus on the practice of vector control, risk communication and community mobilization. The experts will be invited to present the application of the latest information technology for dengue control, and the interdepartmental cooperation.

The health workers, policy makers as well as the community leaders from all member economies are welcome to attend. Through this workshop, the participants are expected to get better experience and knowledge to improve the capacities of dengue control in all member economies.

APEC Conference for the Surveillance, Treatment, Laboratory Diagnosis and Vaccine Development of Enteroviruses (Chinese Taipei)

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In Chinese Taipei, a large epidemic of EV 71 infection occurred in 1998, involving 405 cases hospitalized with severe complications and 78 deaths. According to experience, children under the age of 5 are more prone to critical complications from the disease. A decade later, Chinese Taipei's surveillance data has shown that EV 71 epidemic in 2008 has been more serious than those in the past few years. As of July, 2008, 315 severe cases of EV 71 infection have been confirmed in Chinese Taipei and 10 deaths have resulted from the epidemic.

In many other APEC member economies, similarly serious outbreaks due to enteroviruses have occurred, including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. However, the number of severe enteroviral infection continues to increase every year.

In addition, no preventive vaccines and no highly efficacious medicine to eliminate these viruses are currently available. As a result, enteroviruses continue to pose a threat to human health.

Recognizing the great need for improving the capacities among APEC members for the control of enteroviral infection, Chinese Taipei would like to propose a project to hold a 'conference for the surveillance, treatment, laboratory diagnosis and vaccine development of enteroviruses'. This project will tentatively be held in Taipei in May 2009. The project is aimed to introduce theories and practices concerning the control and prevention of enteroviruses, and allow the opportunity for policy dialogue, and experience sharing on the control and prevention of enteroviruses in order to assist APEC member economies, especially the developing ones that are facing the outbreaks of enteroviruses infection. We believe that the project would be beneficial for APEC member economies through

exchanging information on enterovirus control.

Development of an Information platform for Avian Influenza (AI) community Management and Engagement (China)

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This project is designed to develop an information platform for AI community management and engagement from 2007 to 2009 that could be used widely, including China as well as other APEC economies. The information platform would provide accurate and timely information of AI; would strengthen community empowerment and public risk awareness; would promote community training and community capacity building, and would reinforce knowledge sharing and risk communications domestically and regionally. The experience in China would also provide more evidence for APEC member economies?policy-making process. A summary report of this project containing recommendations on future cooperation will be submitted to APEC Health Task Force or its successor.

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