Collaborative Research During 2013 to 2016

APEIR is currently in its second phase, has three ongoing Collaborative Research during 2013 to 2016:

1. Reducing Biosecurity Threats from Infectious Diseases with Pandemic Potential in Southeast Asia

This is a joint project between APEIR, MBDS, and ASEAN+3 FETN. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen regional capacity for understanding, preventing, preparing for, and responding to disease agents that have bioterrorism and/or pandemic potential in Southeast Asia. This studies is supported by IDRC (International Development Research Center), Canada with Canada's Global Partnership Program (Canada GPP).

This project will be part of the project for ASEAN, on “Enhancing the ASEAN Health Cooperation on Emerging Infectious Diseases and other Relevant Potential Threats” on strengthening capacity of regional network on diseases surveillance and outbreak Investigation that will be conducted by APEIR and MBDS. In addition to this activity, this project will also serve as ASEAN + 3 Field Epidemiology Training Network (FETN)'s training activity. CORDS will help facilitate APEIR and MBDS to the other networks in other regions.

This project also collaborates with the WHO and APL on the GPP-funded Project to “Strengthen Laboratory Capacity for Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens in the ASEAN region”, which will be led by Malaysia and Singapore. The component on pandemic and risk assessment in ASEAN will be led by Philippines in collaboration with BioDiaspora.

2. Sustaining and Strengthening Capacity of Regional Networks and Partnership to Respond Emerging Infectious Diseases in Asia.

This project, started in 2012, addresses knowledge generation, capacity building and policy advocacy. The overall objective of this project is to strengthen networks on EID/ecohealth at regional and national levels in Asia. This project is supported by IDRC (International Development Research Center), Canada. The research themes that will be covered in this phase of the project are:

a. An Eco health Approach to Develop a Strategy for the Prudent Use of Antimicrobials to Control Antimicrobial Resistance in Human, Animal and Environmental Health in Asia.

This is an antimicrobial research project is conducted in 5 countries (China, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam). The objective of this study is to explore, develop, and assess the effectiveness of a strategy for the proper use of antimicrobials in humans and animals to control antimicrobial resistance in China and Southeast Asia.

b. Surveillance of Emerging Infectious Diseases in Wildlife Trade to Increase Awareness of Zoonosis Prevention and Wildlife Conservation

This is a wildlife trade-related study involving zoonosis prevention and wildlife conservation that will be conducted in Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. The objective of this study is to demonstrate the zoonosis situation in wildlife trade in the region, and to raise awareness for zoonoses prevention in wildlife trade in order to improve human and animal health, and to contribute to wildlife conservation effort.