Cross-border collaboration on emerging infectious diseases
AbstractThere have been several multilateral and regional meetings on avian influenza but little has been done on bilateral issues such as border health planning and management. An initiative has been taken to plan border health cooperation for emergency preparedness and response which will result in developing consensus among participating countries for successful introduction of the health information exchange mechanism. A bi-regional cross-border meeting on Emerging Infectious Diseases was organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Bangkok from 26-28 February 2007 to review the status of cross-border disease control activities and develop a strategic framework for cross-border collaboration. The meeting provided a platform to discuss the development of core capacities for the implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR-2005). Cross-border issues being sensitive, greater political commitment is necessary to move forward. The need to involve regional political and economic institutions such as SAARC and ASEAN was emphasized to ensure political commitment, regional cooperation and sustainable development of cross-border activities.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2007). Cross-border collaboration on emerging infectious diseases. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204925