LMI Health Pillar

LMI countries concur on the importance of health working group activities through the LMI to improve human health and thereby narrow poverty and development gaps. This PoA more clearly defines specific health programmatic goals and areas of cooperation under the LMI, and is based on the outcomes of the meeting in Vietnam in June 2010. Cross border and migrant issues are a particular concern and should be examined under each of the four main areas of activity. Health pillar activities take place along four main areas:

1. Communicable and Emerging Infectious Diseases. The LMI partners plan to focus attention on certain diseases, including TB, HIV/AIDS, malaria, dengue, and other emerging infectious diseases including pandemic influenza, and to build on the report on the LMI Infectious Disease Conference in Hanoi and the need to build on recommendations contained in that report.
  • Develop and strengthen a coordinated response to the management of these diseases in the Lower Mekong countries.
  • Areas of cooperation should include laboratory capacity, risk communication, and business continuity planning.
2. Prevention and control of counterfeit and substandard medications (CSM), which pose a public health problem and also contribute to drug resistance in communicable and emerging infectious diseases of particular concern in LMI countries. Actions to combat CSM include information sharing and capacity building.
  • Share information and good practices related to counterfeit drugs and substandard medications and drug resistance, including good manufacturing practices (GMP);
  • Establish an informal network of single points of contact within LMI countries to share information.
  • Cross border collaboration on prevention and control of smuggling of counterfeit drugs.
3. Regional collaboration to support implementation of the International Health Regulations. Countries are at varying degrees of compliance due to varying capacity. There is an opportunity share expertise by countries further along in compliance in different IHR capacities to share techniques and lessons learned with the other LMI countries.
  • The entry into force of the revised International Health Regulations (2005) paves the way for LMI countries to attain core capacity requirements for surveillance and response at designated ports of entry.
  • LMI countries should share practices and coordinate communications with neighboring countries and the public in the event of public health emergencies of international concern in LMI countries.
  • At the regional level, emphasis should be on surveillance and response, laboratory capacity strengthening, cross border collaboration, and pandemic preparedness and response.
4. Sharing good practices in other areas, including, for example:
  • Infection control in health facilities.
  • Information about other alliances and activities, such as the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, the Emerging Pandemics Threats program, the Global Health Initiative, and the Pacific Partnership, where appropriate.

 

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