A three-day summit focused on closing the gap in health-related Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific kicks off today, Sept. 3.
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this year’s Asia Pacific Development Summit is taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event aims to explore the role of the private sector in addressing health challenges in the region, with the theme focusing on public-private partnerships.
Among the high-level participants are World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan, ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan and Indonesian Vice President Boediono. Regional donors and members of the business community and nongovernmental organizations from several countries — not just from ASEAN member countries — are also in attendance.
It is still unclear if there are pledges expected at the event, but organizers, which include the ASEAN Foundation, are expecting participants to come up with a set of recommendations that will help the region meet health-related MDGs.
Some of the issues set to be tackled at the event include addressing infectious diseases via collaborative public-private approaches, curbing counterfeit drugs distribution, Asia’s role in improving global health priorities and identifying strategies that will help improve people’s access to health care services, according to a press release.
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