Posted by: 24.06.2015 г.

Resolution of the international conference “Common Threats – Joint Actions: The Response of the BRICS Countries to Dangerous Infectious Diseases”

23-24 June 2015

Russian Federation, Moscow

As part of Russia’s chairmanship in BRICS, the international conference “Common Threats – Joint Actions: The Response of the BRICS Countries to Dangerous Infectious Diseases” was held in Moscow on 23-24 June 2015. The conference was attended by delegations from foreign governments and international organisations. The significance of the problem of organising the battle against infectious diseases and the importance of the contribution made by BRICS countries to strengthening global health security was confirmed by the participation in the conference of representatives from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, the non-governmental organisation Doctors Without Borders and a number of scientific and public organisations and the private sector.

The conference participants discussed the contribution of BRICS countries to reducing the risk of the spread of infectious diseases, including the experience of BRICS countries to eliminating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the prospects for cooperation in preventing and combatting HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, tropical infectious diseases that are relevant to BRICS countries, opportunities for developing cooperation among BRICS countries in the development of immuno-biological and diagnostic preparations as well as the role of BRICS in the development agenda for the period after 2015.

The conference participants stressed that not only are the global threats posed by infectious diseases not abating, on the contrary, they continue to grow and are becoming increasingly diverse.

The conference participants stated that BRICS countries have accumulated potential and significant experience in combatting infectious diseases and are committed to resolving global healthcare problems. In this context, the conference participants noted that the collective contribution of BRICS countries to ensuring global health security is particular needed in the following areas:

- risk management for new infections with pandemic potential, including such areas as support for global measures that aim to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases as well as preventing and combatting antimicrobial resistance;

- assistance in meeting obligations to eliminate infections that delay development, above all HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, malaria and others;

- pursue the "fast-track" approach in the HIV/AIDS response in order to reach the UNAIDS "90-90-90" target in every BRICS country by 2020, which will enable the end the AIDS epidemic by 2030;

- research and development of new diagnostic equipment as well as the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

​The conference participants have resolved to call for the inclusion of these key elements of this resolution into the communique of the upcoming BRICS leaders summit in July 2015 in Ufa (Russian Federation).

The conference participants recognised the need to develop cooperation between BRICS experts and organisations working in healthcare as well as with the relevant international organisations. In this regard, the conference participants called for a regular dialogue among the sanitary and epidemiological welfare services of BRICS member nations.

The conference participants expressed their gratitude to the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing for the well-organised event and the opportunity to discuss prospects for cooperation among BRICS member nations as well international organisations in combatting the threat of infectious diseases.

Resolution approved by the conference

participants on 24 June 2015