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ASEAN Health Profile - Regional Priorities and Programmes

ASEAN Health Profile - Regional Priorities and Programmes

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Singapore's Health Minister Gan Kim Yong together with other ASEAN Health Ministers and Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan led the launch of “Towards A Smoke-free ASEAN,” a campaign to initiate and encourage smoke-free living among ASEAN citizens during the opening ceremonies of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore on March 20, 2012.

ASEAN health ministers, namely: Pehin Dato Hj Adanan - Brunei Darussalam), Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai - (Malaysia), Dr. Pe Thet Khin (Myanmar) and Dr. Eksavang Vongvichit (Lao PDR) also rallied behind the launch which was organized by the Health Promotion Board of Singapore, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) and the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region Office (WHO WPRO).
Singapore's Health Minister Gan Kim Yong together with other ASEAN Health Ministers and Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan led the launch of “Towards A Smoke-free ASEAN,” a campaign to initiate and encourage smoke-free living among ASEAN citizens during the opening ceremonies of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore on March 20, 2012.

ASEAN health ministers, namely: Pehin Dato Hj Adanan - Brunei Darussalam), Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai - (Malaysia), Dr. Pe Thet Khin (Myanmar) and Dr. Eksavang Vongvichit (Lao PDR) also rallied behind the launch which was organized by the Health Promotion Board of Singapore, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) and the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region Office (WHO WPRO).

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e-Health Bulletin
Issue No. 1 JANUARY - JUNE 2012
Towards A Smoke-ree ASEAN
Singapore's Health Minister GanKim Yong together with other ASEAN HealthMinisters and Secretary-General o ASEAN,H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan led the launch o “Towards A Smoke-ree ASEAN,” a campaignto initiate and encourage smoke-ree livingamong ASEAN citizens during the openingceremonies o the World Conerence onTobacco or Health in Singapore on March 20,2012.ASEAN health ministers, namely:Pehin Dato Hj Adanan - Brunei Darussalam),Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai - (Malaysia), Dr. PeThet Khin (Myanmar) and Dr. EksavangVongvichit (Lao PDR) also rallied behindthe launch which was organized by theHealth Promotion Board o Singapore, theSoutheast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance(SEATCA) and the World Health OrganizationWestern Pacic Region Oce (WHO WPRO).Dr. Surin said, "ASEAN, throughthe ASEAN Focal Points on Tobacco Control(AFPTC) works by protecting public healthpolicies rom being interered by thosewho want to campaign to increase the saleso their deadly products. We work withgovernment agencies, we work betweengovernments, institutions and we also workwith civil society. We create a coalition, wecreate a network because civil society can dowonders, they have the reach, they have thecommitment, they have built up expertise,they can do on the ground at the grassrootlevel more than just at the policy level.Protection rom exposure totobacco smoke is one o the seven strategiesset by the AFPTC to ensure that eectivetobacco control measures and sustainedresponses are in place and in line with theASEAN Social-Cultural Blueprint (2009-2015) and the WHO Framework Conventionon Tobacco Control to curb tobacco-relateddiseases and deaths, reduce the prevalenceo tobacco use, protect people romsecondhand smoke, and improve the healthand quality o lie o the ASEAN population.The AFPTC, which was organizedin 2009, has been elevated as an ocialASEAN subsidiary body and this change willgive a status o permanency o the group inthe region.Towards A Smoke-ree ASEANcampaign serves as an opportunity tohighlight regional eorts in advancingsmokeree initiatives like the building asmokeree model in world heritage sitesand cities. It is also a chance or ASEANmember states to share experiences andbest practices to establish more smokereeenvironments.
Smoke-ree ASEAN Secretariat
On May 2, 2012, the ASEAN hasset a healthy example or the rest o theregion, by declaring its own headquartersin Jakarta, Indonesia, ocially smoke-ree. Dr. Surin personally led the unveilingo the ocial "Smoke-ree" signage atthe lobby o the ASEAN headquarters and
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said, "The ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) as aSmoke-ree Working Environment, calls onall sta and visitors to the headquartersto strictly observe and enorce the `no-smoking` policy in all rooms, toilets, lobby,and passageways, or the health, saety andwelare o everyone working in the ASEANSecretariat Building."Regional tobacco control advo-cates were quick in congratulating theASEAN leadership or "a determined andprogressive stance that unequivocallyexpresses where the region`s governmentsshould stand with respect to curbing tobaccouse." SEATCA Director Bungon Ritthiphakdee,on behal o the alliance o tobacco controladvocates rom around the region said, "TheASEAN secretariat`s leadership by exampleisn`t merely symbolic. It ollows through ona commitment and is concrete in action."The ASEC Health and Commu-nicable Diseases Division with the support o SEATCA and WHO, wants to strengthen theimplementation o the ASEAN Secretary-General`s memorandum on Smoke-reeWorking Environments.Dr. Surin had issued amemorandum or a smoke-ree ASEANSecretariat as early as 2009, but theceremony in May was intended to buildmomentum and ormally introduce theASEAN Secretariat to the internationalcommunity as a smoke-ree building.
Smokeree ASEAN Events
Another smoke-ree initiativeendorsed at the 6th ASEAN Senior OcialMeeting on Health Development in NyaPyi Taw, Myanmar in July 2011 is thedevelopment o a policy to make all eventssanctioned by the ASEAN Secretariat to besmoke-ree. This means events shall only beconducted in smoke-ree places or venuesand a sign stating "This is a Smoke-reeMeeting (Function) with the No Smokingsign placed below it shall be placed atentrances o venues – unction halls andmeeting rooms.Moreover, at the beginningo every event, all participants shall beinormed that "This is a Smoke-ree ASEANEvent. Smoking is only allowed outside thebuilding." The organizer o the event shall beresponsible or the strict observance o thispolicy.This policy has been developed toprotect all participants to ASEAN unctionsor events rom exposure to secondhandsmoke as well as to promote a non-smokingnorm in ASEAN member states.
TOP: ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan at the launch o the No Smoking signage at the ASEAN  Secretariat. BOTTOM: Dr. Surin with Dr. Khanchit Limpakarnjanarat o the World Health Organizationand Dr. Domilyn Villarreiz o Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). (Photos courtesy o  SEATCA)
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The articles were contributed by the ocal point rom each o the ASEAN health subsidiary bodies.The Association o Southeast Asian Nations was established on 8 August 1967. The Member States o the Association are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines,Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The ASEAN Secretariat is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. General inormation on ASEAN appears online at the ASEAN Website: www.asean.org.Catalogue-in-Publication DataASEAN e-Health Bulletin. Jakarta: ASEAN Secretariat, June 2012.613.059
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Regional Launch o the FirstASEAN Dengue Day in Indonesia
Winning logo rom Indonesia chosen among the10 ASEAN Member States nalists.
Dengue is generally ound intropical and sub-tropical areas. The WorldHealth Organization (WHO) estimatedthat nearly 50 million dengue inectionsoccur annually in the world. The numbero dengue cases and death gave impacton socio-economic lost in countries. Theeconomic lost is due to direct medicalcosts, direct nonmedical costs, and indirectcosts such as days o productivity lost dueto disease, both or the patient and to anyother household member who had to careor the patient.ASEAN Member States have inplace programmes to prevent and controldengue inections; however, these needto be aligned with regional strategies andinvolve all relevant stakeholders. The ASEANHealth Ministers emphasized the need tocomprehensively address dengue in theregion. At the 10th ASEAN Health MinistersMeeting on July 22, 2010 in Singapore, theMinisters agreed on the proposed ASEANDengue Day as a way to increase publicawareness on dengue. As the chairmano ASEAN in 2011, Indonesia hosted thelaunching o the ASEAN Dengue Day atthe regional level on June 15, 2011 at theNational Museum.The theme o the rst ASEANDengue Day was, “Dengue is everybody’sconcern, causing socio-economic burden,but it’s preventable.” Several activitiesincluding the ASEAN Dengue Conerence,regional dengue logo competition, andother national initiatives, helped increasepublic and government awareness aboutthe disease as well as promote commitmentrom all health and non-health stakeholders.The Jakarta Call or Action onthe Control and Prevention o Dengue wasalso announced, and it specied that allstakeholders are committed to addressingthe problem and called or enhancedcollaboration and cooperation rom allsectors.ASEAN Secretary-General Dr.Surin Pitsuwan said, “As we strengthenour community-building eorts, ASEANMember States are committed to workingtogether or the health security o thepeoples o ASEAN, and dengue is one o ourpriority diseases or action.. Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang, WHORegional Director or South-East Asia, said,“Tackling dengue is everyone’s concern,delegates to the conerence agreed. Thedisease cannot be ought by the healthsector alone. All sectors need to collaborate.And Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHORegional Director or the Western Pacic,said, “Dengue respects no boundaries andour region needs to move rom response-driven activities to long-term preventionand preparedness-driven approaches. Aproactive approach will make better use o our resources and minimize negative health,social and economic impacts o dengue.”- o O o -
ASEAN Assessment o National Multi-SectoralPandemic Preparedness and Response
The Association o SoutheastAsian Nations (ASEAN) has been assistingASEAN Member States (AMS) in monitoringtheir progress in strengthening nationalmulti-sectoral pandemic preparednessto ensure the continuation o operationsand businesses in the event o a severepandemic threat. From 2008 until 2010,ASEAN had worked on developing theASEAN non-health sector indicators orAMS, which led to the development o thetool or assessing national multi-sectoralpandemic preparedness and response (PPR)capacities.An initial assessment (pilot) wasconducted in Indonesia in early June 2009,rom which lessons learned led to a newapproach to the assessment methodologythat has been incorporated in the nalassessment tool. Broadly, the nationalassessments were expected to identiyoversight and operational gaps withinnational and sub-national structures andwithin the relevant civil society and public-private sector linkages, so that AMS canmore easily develop strategic plans toaddress the needs and to ll the gaps, whichcould otherwise lead to a breakdown insocietal unctions.This assessment provided adescriptive overview o multi-sectoralpandemic preparedness and responsebut did not venture into a quantitativecomparative assessment (or scoring)o countries’ eorts. With the ndingso this assessment, uture assessmentscould attempt to measure the progress o countries with their continuity o essentialservices/operations readiness.

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