On March 28th to 29th, the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai-Chinese Academy of Sciences successfully held the Workshop on “Research for Preparedness against Infectious Diseases in South East Asia: Threats and Challenges” which is jointly organized by Yunnan Institute of Parasitic Diseases in Pu’er, Yunnan Province.
As the coordination organization of International Network of Institut Pasteur Asia-Pacific Region, Institut Pasteur of Shanghai has been committed to leading and traction the international and national collaboration on the research of tropical diseases. The aim of the Workshop is to assess some of the major threats due to infectious diseases affecting South China and the neighbor countries in order to promote strategies for research and intervention. The region of Yunnan is particularly exposed to major epidemic threats as she has extensive borders with other countries. These borders are quite porous with lot of people and goods crossing, often illegally. There is high probability for of viral/bacterial and parasitic (drug resistant malaria) introductions from the South East Asia countries with human and animal movement. The workshop highlighted the needs and plan for developing a surveillance network along the borders crossing, reinforcing the capacities for both epidemiological and vector assessments, as well as diagnostics in these areas.
Representatives from the Yunnan Development and Reform Commission, Yunnan Health and Family Planning Commission, Pu’er city Health and Family Planning Commission, Pu 'er city Science and Technology Bureau, Pu 'er city Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Yunnan Institute of Parasitic Diseases, CAS Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok), Shanghai Center of Biomedicine Development, Shanghai International Travel Healthcare Center, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Institut Pasteur of Cambodia, Institut Pasteur of Laos, and Institut Pasteur of Paris attended the workshop.