Asia Pacific Strategy for emerging diseases : 2010


Asia Pacific Strategy for emerging diseases : 2010
World Health Organization. Regional Office for the Western Pacific and the Regional Office for South-East Asia. World Health Organization; 2011.

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The Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED, 2010) is a common strategic framework for countries and areas of the region to strengthen their capacity to manage and respond to emerging disease threats. Building on the achievements of the original APSED (2005), the updated APSED (2010) is intended to further support progress towards meeting the obligations under the international Health Regulations (IHR, 2005) and consolidate gains already made in establishing collective regional public health security.

While APSED (2010) continues to focus on emerging diseases, it also seeks to maximise the benefits already achieved by widening its scope to include other acute public health threats such as food safety and natural disasters and by identifying additional areas of synergy and special situations to which the Strategy can make important contributions.

APSED (2010) has expanded its focus to include eight focus areas, as:
1) surveillance, risk assessment and response;
2) laboratory;
3) zoonoses;
4) infection prevention and control;
5) risk communications;
6) public health emergency preparedness;
7) regional preparedness, alert and response; and
8) monitoring and evaluation.

While APSED (2010) is a common framework for all countries and areas in the region, the national situation and context must be considered in implementing the Strategy. This will necessitate for the development of country-specific APSED workplans to suit the national needs and capacity gaps.