World Immunization Week - strengthening health resilience in South East Asia

World Immunization Week - strengthening health resilience in South East Asia

In light of the upcoming World Immunization Week 2016, the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) Asia Summit focuses on strengthening health resilience in South East Asia through innovation and collaboration to support disease prevention programmes and vaccination coverage.

According to World Health Organization, vaccine-preventable diseases are responsible for nearly 2.5 million deaths every year globally. Immunization could prevent 1.7 million deaths among children under 5 years of age. Yet an estimated 130 million people in the South-East Asia region lack access to essential health services.

Leading health and vaccination experts from civil society, UN agencies, governments, investors, research institutes and the private sector will gather at the AIDF Asia Summit on 21-22 June 2016 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok to provide an update on health resilience and emergency response, including Health Programmes for Disease Prevention and Control in South East Asia.

Integrating immunization with other health services, such as postnatal care for mothers and babies and strengthening health systems so that vaccines continue to be given even in times of crisis are amongst key priorities for WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank and UNAIDS. They also pledged to address underlying factors like nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and to empower women through a cross-sector collaboration approach. 

Dr Anurak Amornpetchsathaporn, Director of Bureau of Public Health Emergency Response, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand has confirmed his participation as a keynote speaker at the AIDF Asia Summit. Improving community health through technologies and public-private partnerships as well as addressing the key stages for collaborative health innovation will be explored in a discussion with Sebastien Latouille, Delegate for Asia-Pacific, Telecoms Sans Frontieres, Martina Aureli, Business Development & Sales Executive, NRS International.

Discover latest trends and innovations in mHealth and their practical implications for humanitarian aid and development programmes with representatives of UNESCAP, USAID, Save the Children, UNOPS, IRFC, FHI 360, IRC, UNESCO, IOM, WFP, Habitat for Humanity International, World Vision, ADPC, GIZ.  

The AIDF Asia Summit aims to foster technological innovation and tighter collaboration between various levels of government, aid agencies, UN, investors and private sector in order to address inadequate access to health and immunization services in hard-to-reach rural areas, increase awareness amongst vulnerable populations and introduce new vaccine to improve routine immunization services in the region.

AIDF would like to thank healthcare partners, including B Medical Systems, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi Pasteur, SATMED and DanofficeIT. To find out more about our partners, or how you can get involved, please click here.

B Medical Systems medical refrigeration equipment is used for large‐scale vaccination programs in emerging markets. This year the company will be launching a series of new products developed specifically for the cold chain of vaccines. Details 

Johnson & Johnson offers a portfolio of innovative products, expertise and experience focused on maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB). Johnson & Johnson works in partnership with governments, donors, non-profits and multilateral institutions to develop and deliver integrated, evidence-based solutions for public health. Learn more 

After 20 years of research and development and close collaborations with the global dengue scientific and public health communities, Sanofi Pasteur is making the world's first dengue vaccine available. As a part of an integrated approach for effective control of the disease, this vaccine could be a game changer, contributing to the achievement of the WHO objectives to reduce worldwide dengue morbidity and mortality by 25% and 50% respectively by 2020. 

An extension of this is the open-access eHealth platform SATMED, which offers tools that cover a wide range of applications such as e-health records and picture archives, e-consultancy, e-learning and videoconferencing, e-group and content management tools, as well as e-surveillance. Read more

Danoffice IT has recently partnered with UNFPA and the university of Southern Denmark in a pilot project, which tested the impact of transporting vaccines, blood samples with UAVs. More details 

UNFPA Pilot Project - Sample medical container holding 47 vaccines. The idea is to fabricate tailored medical containers for each type of vaccine, blood sample.

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