Future Pandemics: Transnational Health Challenges in East and Southeast Asia

East and South-East Asia International Relations and Security Perspectives, London: Routledge (Forthcoming)

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. LKYSPP 12-16

Posted: 10 Nov 2012 Last revised: 12 Nov 2012

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Allen Yuhung Lai

Institute of Health Economics and Management, ESSEC Business School

Adam Kamradt-Scott

Centre for International Security Studies; Department of Global Health and Development

Richard Coker

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University

Date Written: November 1, 2012

Abstract

For decades, East and Southeast Asia have experienced repeated threats from outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases that have contributed to widespread human suffering and death at the global level. The SARS epidemic and highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza provide just two recent examples of disease outbreaks that have threatened regional and global health security. This chapter describes three key lessons learnt from responding to adverse disease events: first, ensuring clear governance structures for command, control, and coordination; second, maintaining a flexible approach in executing policy interventions and mobilising resources; and third, providing critically important information in crisis communication to target populations. We further examine transnational health challenges from possible pandemics originating in this region. These challenges stem from health and socio-economic disparities, lack of capacity to respond, and lack of trust among countries. We provide recommendations for the region to prepare for and respond to future pandemics more effectively.

Keywords: Pandemics, East Asia, South-East Asia, SARS, H5N1

JEL Classification: D83, H83, L31, Q34

Suggested Citation

Lai, Allen Yuhung and Kamradt-Scott, Adam and Coker, Richard, Future Pandemics: Transnational Health Challenges in East and Southeast Asia (November 1, 2012). East and South-East Asia International Relations and Security Perspectives, London: Routledge (Forthcoming) ; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. LKYSPP 12-16 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2171112

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Adam Kamradt-Scott

Centre for International Security Studies ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NC NSW 2006
Australia

Department of Global Health and Development ( email )

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United Kingdom

Richard Coker

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ( email )

Keppel Street
London, WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University

420/6 Rajvithi Rd
9th Floor, Anek Prasong Building
Bangkok, 10400
Thailand

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