Third Asia-Pacific Dengue Workshop
28 August to 6 September 2012
As key members of the Asia-Pacific Dengue Partnership, WHO and Singapore are taking the lead in organizing the Asia-Pacific Dengue Workshop. This is a capacity building programme that supports the Dengue Strategic Plan for the Asia-Pacific Region (2008-2015) endorsed by the WHO Member States.
There is a consensus on the general weakness of surveillance component among member states and stakeholders. There are gaps in laboratory and vector surveillance affecting epidemic alert and response throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The workshop will focus on strengthening the surveillance and vector control components during the inter-epidemic periods so as to avert or lessen the impact of dengue outbreaks. Alignment of the dengue surveillance component with the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases will be emphasized. In addition, it is generally agreed that clinical management of dengue could also be improved through providing practical guidance to clinicians, particularly for identification of patients at risk of severe dengue and for appropriate treatment for all dengue patients.
The aim of this workshop is to enable the participants:
- to build capacity and acquire relevant knowledge and skills in implementing key components of the national integrated dengue control programmes;
- to promote close collaboration between laboratory and the field operations;
- to encourage dengue laboratory surveillance network within the region;
- to gather regional perspective on clinical management guidelines for dengue; and
- to align dengue surveillance effort with the Asia-Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED).