Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED)
WHO, through its presence and technical assistance, supports close collaboration between and among Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
The DOH Infectious Disease Office of the National Center for Diseases Prevention and Control leads this focus area.
- Established the Philippine Interagency Committee on Zoonoses (PhilCZ), through an administrative order signed by the President of the Philippines.
- Drafted joint department adminstrative order on how to operationalize PhilCZ, and developed action plan of activities.
- Conducted joint DOH-DA-DENR Zoonotic meetings and workshops.
- Established mechanisms for linkage, networking and close collaboration between and among human, animal, food safety and environmental laboratories; as well as between laboratories, epidemiology and surveillance units (ESUs). These mechanisms are meant to facilitate information exchange, speed up implementation of activities, and resource utilization management.