A Statement on Enhancing Regional Health Security relating to Infectious Diseases with Epidemic and Pandemic Potential was signed at the 10th East Asia Summit


22.11.2015 г.

At the 10th East Asia Summit (November 22, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), attended by the Head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) Dr. Anna Popova, a separate East Asia Summit Statement on Enhancing Regional Health Security relating to Infectious Diseases with Epidemic and Pandemic Potential was adopted by the leaders of Member States.

The adoption of the Statement was supported by the Russian Federation. Rospotrebnadzor participated actively in the preparation of the document.

The Statement highlights the importance of prevention, detection and response to the threats of infectious diseases with epidemic and pandemic potential in the Asia-Pacific region for sustained shared economic growth, development and prosperity.

Leaders of the Member States agreed to strengthen national and regional capacities to counter outbreaks of infectious diseases by promoting the effectiveness of surveillance systems in each nation, enhancing timely information sharing, strengthening capacities of national and regional human resources and regional cooperation to support each other in technical and substantive ways for enhancing regional health security.

Rospotrebnadzor cooperates actively with a number of Member States of the East Asia Summit, including Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand with regard to communicable disease control and sanitary and epidemiological wellbeing. In the future, this work will continue in order to implement the provisions of the Statement and expand cooperation with the countries of Southeast Asia.

The East Asia Summit was established in 2005. There are currently 18 members that take part in the summit: ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their dialogue partners: Australia, India, China, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia, the US and Japan.