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Oberle Attends Asia-Pacific Development Summit

Mark Oberle, MD, MPH, attended the Asia-Pacific Development Summit held in Jakarta, Indonesia focused on "Public-Private Partnerships to Close Regional Health Millennium Development Goal Gaps."

Mark Oberle, MD, MPH, attended the Asia-Pacific Development Summit held in Jakarta, Indonesia focused on "Public-Private Partnerships to Close Regional Health Millennium Development Goal Gaps."

October 18, 2012

Recently, NWCPHP faculty member, Mark Oberle, MD, MPH, attended the Asia-Pacific Development Summit held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The theme of the Summit was "Public-Private Partnerships to Close Regional Health Millennium Development Goal Gaps."

During the Summit, Oberle hosted the Surveillance and Strategic Information workshop. This session was a working-level meeting for top health officials and development leaders to better address regional health priorities, strengthen regional networks, share information, and build consensus around disease surveillance approaches to meet Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline.

Reflecting on the workshop, Oberle said, “Participants had valuable discussions about how to create ongoing regional surveillance programs. Historically, strong disease surveillance programs have existed in the region, but because they were often categorical and supported by temporary international assistance funds, they were ultimately not sustainable.”

About 200 participants attended the Summit. In addition to health and development officials, leaders from multilateral finance institutions, international organizations, and civil society were present to discuss topics as wide-ranging as immunization, infectious disease control, maternal and child health, health financing.

The Summit was hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the Government of Indonesia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foundation.

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