WE, THE PARTICIPANTS of the ASEAN Dengue Conference from Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and other international development partners, held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 15 June 2011,

NOTE WITH CONCERN THAT;

1. It is estimated that nearly 50 to 100 million dengue infections with 20.000 deaths occur annually worldwide, 75% of which occurs in the Asia Pacific Region.

2. ASEAN Member States currently have the highest number of dengue infections in the Asia Pacific Region.

3. These dengue cases and deaths have socio-economic impact in ASEAN Member States.

4. ASEAN Member States have developed programs to prevent and control dengue infections, however these need to be aligned to regional strategies and involve all relevant stakeholders.

5. There has been progress in public-private partnerships; however, these need to be strengthened.

6. There is a need to sustain initial successes in global, regional, and national efforts to control and prevent this infection.

ACKNOWLEDGE THAT:

1. World Health Organization Global Strategy on Dengue, emphasizes on integrated vector management with community and intersectoral participations in which control is directed towards geographic areas of highest risk of transmission in the most cost effective manner.

2. As part of WHO Global Strategy on Dengue, the Asia Pacific Dengue Strategic Plan (2008-2015) was endorsed by Member States of the South East Asia Region and the Western Pacific Region focusing on reversing the increasing trend of dengue.
 
3. The Asia Pacific Dengue Strategic Plan is in line with the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED). APSED is a bi-regional strategy endorsed by Member States of the WHO South East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region, to strengthen national and regional capacities to manage and respond to emerging disease threats including Dengue.

4. Academic institutions, scientists, researchers have made significant contributions to understanding the disease which in turn has been widely used as the basis for evidence based management.                                            

RECOGNIZE THAT:
 
1. ASEAN Member States have prioritized Dengue as one of the communicable diseases to be addressed, following the mandate of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint endorsed by ASEAN Leaders in 2009.

2. ASEAN Strategic Framework on Health Development (2010 – 2015), as endorsed by the ASEAN Health Minister Meeting in 2010, provided the operational guideline in the control of communicable diseases including dengue.

3. The 10th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting in 2010 also agreed to designate every 15th of June as the ASEAN dengue day commencing in 2011 to increase public awareness of dengue infection.

4. ASEAN Expert Group on Communicable Diseases is the health subsidiary body to plan regional interventions on communicable diseases including dengue.

CALL upon all stakeholders of ASEAN to

Strengthen Regional Cooperation:

1. To ensure continuous effort towards the prevention and control of dengue in ASEAN Member States by enhancing regional preparedness and capacity through integrated approaches to surveillance prevention, and timely response for an outbreak;

2. To strengthen national and regional alert and response capacities in an efficient and sustainable way;

3. To share information, experiences and best practices in improving the access to primary health care by people at risk/vulnerable groups of Dengue through regional workshops, seminars, and exchange visits among the ASEAN Member State;

4. To encourage the close collaboration and create networks among the public and private sectors and civil society in addressing the effort to prevent dengue transmission

Strengthen Capacity in an efficient and sustainable way:
 
1. To put in place integrated vector management together with surveillance and control activities.

2. To improve core capacities of human resources.

3. To strengthen National Health Services for ensuring early diagnosis, and case management.

Promote Inter-sectoral Collaboration

1. To increase the awareness and understanding of non-health sectors of their roles and responsibilities in dengue prevention.

2. To move from reactive activities into long-term prevention and preparedness-driven activities involving health and non-health sectors.

3. To strengthen multi-sectoral planning to prevent and control dengue infection which has complex and multi-factorial dimensions.

4. To welcome and consider new and appropriate initiatives from public and private, health and non-health sectors, including but not limited to collaboration on research and development of dengue vaccines.

AND TO THIS END, the Participants in this Conference, RESOLVED TO SUBMIT this Call for Action for adoption in the Official Launch of ASEAN Dengue Day

15 June 2011
Jakarta, Indonesia

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