The Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, met in Vientiane on Tuesday Feb 21 to discuss the assessment of Laos’ capacity under International Health Regulations (2005).
IHR’s aim is to help the international community prevent and respond to acute health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.
Held from Feb 21-24, the meeting aims to provide opportunities for participants to share ideas and compare findings of recent research conducted by local experts with those shown in studies conducted by foreign specialists.
“We have come as a multi-sector group of colleagues and peers to learn from your experience and share our own and will develop 3-5 recommended priority action plans for each of the 19 technical areas of the JEE (Joint External Evaluation) tool. These priority actions can then serve as the basis for revising the National Work Plan,” said Prof. John Mackenzie who participated in the meeting as a lecturer.
“To ensure health development and the quality and qualitative development of human resources, enough financial resources, good management and services, and accurate data are needed. As a result we need to cooperate with international and regional communities as well as development partners to develop the health sector,” said Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meungpak.
“Disease outbreaks and health emergencies will continue to occur, affecting people’s health and wellbeing. To minimize their health, social and economic impacts, we need to invest our resources, our time and our efforts in preparing for effective response. Such preparedness efforts should be done before and between health events and prioritize common capacities that are needed for all kinds of emerging disease outbreaks and health emergencies,” said WPRO, Regional Emergency Director Dr Li Ailan.
In the Asia Pacific region, Joint External Evaluation (JEE) has been included as a priority activity under the newly revised Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases and Public Health Emergencies.
JEE accesses country capacity to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to public health risks whether occurring naturally or due to deliberate or accidental events. The purpose of JEE is to measure the host country’s progress on the implementation of IHR (2005) capacities for global health security. The JEE process is unique.
In addition to being fully collaborative and multi-sectoral, JEE builds on self-evaluation and other relevant assessments such as the Animal Health Performance of Veterinary Services and others.
Source: Lao News Agency