A ministerial conference to marshal international cooperation against the advance of new infectious diseases opens this month in Hanoi, drawing on experience gained in responses to pandemic A/H1N1 influenza and H5N1 avian influenza.
The conference will set the scene for a worldwide effort, over the next 20 years, for tackling threats to people’s health that will emerge from domestic and wild animals within different environments.
At the conference, Government Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Livestock, Public Health, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation will have a unique opportunity to:
- review progress with responses to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1, the H1N1 influenza pandemic and other emerging global health threats;
- agree on actions needed for both national governments and the global community to be ready to tackle these threats; and
- chart a way forward to ensure that these actions are addressed in ways that protect the health and well-being on the world’s human and animal populations.
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