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“In tackling global disease, it is not just implementing in a resource-poor setting what the development in the Western world has brought. New research is needed to address specific issues. Industry, in partnership with other stakeholders, can help create new transformational solutions.”

Wim Parys, Global Head, Infectious Diseases, Janssen Research & Development, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

 

Summit Themes

From exploring the role that science and technology play in early health in 2005 and 2006, to pandemic influenza in 2007, nutrition in 2008, and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2009, each year, the Pacific Health Summit sought to tackle a critical global health issue. In 2010, our maternal and newborn health theme created unique opportunities for private sector engagement with the broader global health community, and in 2011, the Summit addressed the theme of vaccines. The 2012 Summit focused on the theme of affordability and technologies for health. In the lead-up to the 2012 Summit, the Health Technology Lab served as a central hub that holistically examined this topic and explored the role that differing sectors—science, industry, policy, academia—have to play in developing and implementing disruptive health technologies.

Browse Summit publications by theme:

Affordability and Technologies for Health Vaccines

Maternal and Newborn Health

Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Nutrition

Pandemics

Early Health

Summit Reports

Health Technology Lab


 

 

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Affordability and Technologies for Health
The 2012 Summit provided the opportunity for the world’s top experts from all sectors to discuss how a spectrum of technologies are, can, and will be game changers for global health. This was, and continues to be, a critical conversation, as both developing and developed societies grapple with the need to put affordability, access, and equity at the top of their health agendas, while facing an increasingly complex disease burden that is heedless of borders.

Harnessing Technology to Strengthen Accountability

Stemming from a workshop session at the 2012 Pacific Health Summit on “Affordability and Technologies for Health,” this report examines how technology is empowering patients to take control of their health and is increasing health providers’ access to information that improves care and delivery.


Game Changers: Affordability and Technologies for Health

The 2012 Pacific Health Summit took place in London and addressed the theme “Game Changers: Affordability and Technologies for Health.” The report highlights key discussions and the impact from the Summit, which brought together global leaders from science, industry, and policy to discuss how to realize the dream of a healthier future through affordable health technology innovations.


Strengthening Regulatory Frameworks to Fuel Health Technology

How are regulatory inefficiencies impeding innovation in technologies for health, and what critical regulatory elements should be addressed to improve access to life-saving tools? As a follow-up to regulatory discussions that took place at the 2012 Pacific Health Summit, NBR spoke with global health leaders from science, industry, and policy who addressed these issues and more.


2012 Summit Challenge

Global leaders share their vision for the 2012 Pacific Health Summit. The Summit Challenge contains brief thought pieces addressing the Summit theme of “Game Changers: Affordability and Technologies for Health.”


2012 Calls for Collaboration

This collection of Calls for Collaboration from the 2012 Pacific Health Summit represents one of the ways the Secretariat responds to the hopes and vision for what could be accomplished together at the Summit and beyond. It contains the Calls for Collaboration distributed at the 2012 Summit, and it is our hope that they will continue to inspire dialogue and foster new partnerships beyond the 2012 Summit.


Affordable Solutions: Strengthening Disease Prevention and Detection through Appropriate Technologies

Victor Shi, Asia Pacific President of QIAGEN, addresses disease prevention efforts in developing countries and underscores the economic case for utilizing new diagnostic technologies to drastically reduce disease and maximize country resources.


Health Technology Innovation in Japan: Challenges and Opportunities in Turbulent Times

Kenichi Matsumoto, Chairman and CEO, Sakura Global Holding Co. Ltd, discusses the current economic challenges, opportunities, and critical next steps for the health-related private sector in Japan, as the Japanese government, faced with a rapidly aging population, strives to reduce healthcare costs.


Improving the Diagnostic Ecosystem: A Critical Step in Controlling the TB Epidemic in India and Globally

India has the highest burden of TB in the world, and faces the ever-present threat of multi-drug resistant TB strains. Madhukar Pai (McGill University) discusses TB prevention efforts in India, focusing on recent breakthroughs in TB diagnostic technology and the current barriers to the adoption of effective diagnostic tools in the region.


Improving Nutrition: Early Childhood Development and Mobile Health

Millions of children suffer from stunted physical growth and impaired cognitive ability due to lack of nutrient rich foods. Experts from World Vision International discuss the importance of early childhood nutrition and recent developments in mobile technologies that may provide powerful solutions for undernutrition in resource poor settings.


India’s Technology Sector: Paving the Way for Innovative New Approaches to Healthcare

What factors are driving India’s emergence as a health technology leader? Kanav Kahol of the Public Health Foundation of India discusses the country’s thriving culture of innovation, its growing leadership in health-technology fields, and the future role of India and Asia in health technology development.


Technologies for Health: Assessing Affordability

How can policymakers accurately assess the affordability of health technologies? David Heymann (Center on Global Health Security, Chatham House) discusses the key challenges in assessing affordability and sheds light on the potential impact of Asia’s increasing growth in domestic R&D and manufacturing of health technologies on emerging markets.


Matching Realism with Aspiration: Challenges and Successes in the Use of Technology for Global Health

This roundtable discussion looks at why it is important to bring practical expectations to any discussion about technology’s potential to aid in global health.


Immunization Effectiveness: The Less Understood Dimensions

Is vaccine effectiveness only dependent upon the quality of the vaccine and cold chain reliability, or more a broad result of how well health systems deliver? Dr. KV Balasubramaniam explores critical aspects of vaccine delivery including health system preparedness, capacity, and “program errors,” arguing that much more attention and resources should be devoted to improving delivery systems to ensure the full benefits of vaccination reaches those who need it most.

Media and Mental Health: Breaking Down Stigma and Challenging Inaccuracies

At the 2012 Pacific Health Summit, many health journalists expressed their frustration about both the lack of support for quality reporting on mental health and the need to better inform policymakers and the public about this issue. As a follow-up, NBR spoke with leading health journalists and media representatives to gather their insights on the role of media in raising awareness about mental health issues in developed and developing countries.


Beyond Borders: New Growth and Direction for Japan’s Pharmaceutical Industry

What global and domestic trends are pushing the Japanese pharmaceutical industry to look to emerging economies for new market potential? BT Slingsby of Eisai Co., Ltd., discusses new business models, market trends, and the challenges and opportunities awaiting Japanese pharma in the emerging economies.

 

 

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Vaccines
The 2011 Summit addressed vaccines in a global context, with emphasis on middle- and low-income countries facing disproportionately significant funding, delivery, and access challenges. The theme evolved beside a vaccines manufacturing landscape that is increasingly global. Plenary sessions honed in on how the vaccines paradigm might be affected by new international players in terms of innovation, pricing, and collaboration. A smaller workshop targeted the direct role that China has to play now and in the near future. Cold-chain logistics, funding issues, and how to address trust, cultural, and behavioral barriers that feed suspicion of immunization efforts were other critical points of debate.

Vaccines: Harnessing Opportunity in the 21st Century

The 2011 Pacific Health Summit took place in Seattle and addressed the theme “Vaccines: Harnessing Opportunity in the 21st Century.” This report summarizes key discussions and impact of the Summit.


Preparing for the Global Market: China’s Expanding Role as a Vaccine Manufacturer

What are the forces behind China’s recent enormous growth in vaccine manufacturing, and what are the implications for global health? A novel gathering of Chinese industry and government leaders discussed the outward-facing trends of the booming industry and its latest efforts to meet international regulatory standards. This discussion originally took place at a workshop of the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines.


Keeping the Trust: Targeting Communication Gaps and Driving Vaccine Confidence

This report sprang from a captivating 2011 Summit plenary on the different ways to promote public confidence in, and curb outbreaks of anxiety surrounding immunization efforts. Foremost leaders in global health contribute to a holistic discussion on an array of topics, including open communication between scientists and journalists, and channels to effectively navigate social and cultural misunderstandings.


Universal Health Coverage and Immunization: Mutual Reinforcement for a Healthier World

This report outlines key themes and outcomes on the synergies between the universal health coverage movement and the global push for wider immunization coverage around the globe. The discussion took place at a workshop held at the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines.


A New Global Framework to Bring Vaccine Pricing into the 21st Century

Ambassador Mark Dybul (Georgetown University) discusses why a new global pricing framework for vaccines is needed.


Thailand’s New National Vaccine Strategy: Building Capacity, Accelerating Production

Following the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines, NBR spoke with Yot Teerawattananon (Thailand’s Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program) about Thailand’s new national vaccine strategy. Dr. Teerawattananon discusses Thailand’s vaccine infrastructure, potential challenges to the plan, and the role of middle-income countries in vaccine manufacturing.


2011 Calls for Collaboration

This collection of Calls for Collaboration from the 2011 Pacific Health Summit represents one of the ways the Secretariat responded to the hopes and vision for what could be accomplished together at the Summit and beyond. It contains many of the Calls for Collaboration distributed at the 2011 Summit and it is our hope that they will continue to inspire dialogue and foster new partnerships in vaccines and immunization beyond those gathered at the 2011 Summit.


2011 Summit Challenge

Global leaders share their vision for the 2011 Pacific Health Summit. The Challenge contains brief thought pieces addressing the Summit theme of “Vaccines: Harnessing Opportunity in the 21st Century.”


The Current Vaccine Wave and Global Health: Production, Policy, Pricing, and Promising Technologies

Adel Mahmoud (Princeton University) discusses the major trends and achievements in the vaccine field over the last two decades, focusing on the impact of, and challenges surrounding, new vaccines, including pricing policies, financial structures, and the role of emerging market manufacturers.


Integrating Immunization: Ensuring a Holistic Approach Through Stronger Health Systems (UHC Workshop Backgrounder)

This “Integrating Immunization” brief was prepared in advance of the 2011 Summit workshop “Integrating Immunization: Ensuring a Holistic Approach to Strengthening Health Systems.” This brief posits that in order to achieve and sustain high immunization coverage, universal health coverage (UHC) and immunization programs must engage with health system strengthening (HSS efforts) in crucial areas of service delivery, human resources, leadership and governance, health financing, and information.


Delivering on the Promise of Vaccines: Strengthening the Continuum from Research and Development to Delivery to Eradication

In this Impact and Innovations series thought piece, Dr. Seth Berkley posits that while the path for vaccines from research and development to delivery and eradication of disease has historically been long and bumpy, the full life-saving potential of vaccines will only be realized if these efforts are better integrated into a seamless continuum.


A Pivotal Moment for China and Vaccine Manufacturing

Jiankang (Jack) Zhang (PATH, China Office), a key leader in China’s vaccine industry, explains that the March 2011 announcement of China achieving WHO “pre-qualification” for its national regulatory system for vaccines, which will allow Chinese-manufactured vaccines to compete for UN tenders, marks a turning point for China’s vaccine industry and international engagement.


Maximizing Every Dose and Dollar: The Imperative of Efficiency in Vaccine Delivery

Are health delivery systems in developing countries prepared to accommodate the demands and stresses that the new generation of bulkier, more expensive vaccines will bring over the next decade? This Oliver Sabot, Prashant Yadav, and Michel Zaffran thought piece argues that seemingly simple and well-run vaccine supply chain and delivery systems are in reality quite complex and ill-prepared to handle soon-to-be-available vaccines, and that these systems will need systematic overhauling to deliver on the life-saving potential of these innovations.


In Defense of Health, Beyond Humanitarianism: Marketing Vaccines as National Security Products

Dr. Najwa Khuri-Bulos explores how the global health community should be branding and marketing vaccines, and the potential to improve uptake and increase country-driven funding for vaccines by learning from the success of military marketing and branding.


Expanding Vaccine Manufacturing Capacity and Potential: Broad Evolutions in Technology

In advance of the 2011 Summit, NBR, the Summit Secretariat, conducted a series of interviews on current issues facing the global vaccines and immunization field. We spoke with Dr. Nigel Darby (GE Healthcare), who explains that technologies for vaccine development and manufacturing are rapidly expanding and adapting to address the major diseases and emerging threats of today, and an increase in-country manufacturing capacity is helping fuel this transformation.


Perspectives from Industry: Tiered Pricing and Vaccine Access

What are the key challenges to improving access to vaccines in the 21st century? Pharmaceutical leaders Mark Feinberg (Merck Vaccines at Merck & Co.), Suresh Jadhav (Serum Institute of India Ltd.), and Jean Stéphenne (GSK Biologicals) provide industry perspectives on the increasingly complex nature of vaccine development and the need for a revised tiered pricing structure that better addresses the needs of low- and middle-income countries.

 

 

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Maternal and Newborn Health
The 2010 Summit convened around the theme of “Maternal and Newborn Health: The Crux of a Decent Humanity.” Recognizing that every year nearly 350,000 women die during pregnancy or childbirth and 3.6 million children die in their first four weeks of life, leaders tackled issues like integrating new technologies in the MNH field, including utilizing information and communicative technologies to link expectant mothers with relevant health messages. The Summit also built on its annual mission to effectively utilize the business sector’s unique capability to drive advancement in health, drawing awareness to opportunities that exist in adapting and bringing medical advancements to rural areas. Sessions on financing mechanisms and the smooth incorporation of MNH budgets into the overall global health agenda were other foci of conversation.

The Business Case: Why and How Should Industry Engage in Maternal and Newborn Health?

Why does the role of industry matter in maternal and newborn health (MNH) and how can the private sector best engage in this field? This Business Case report provides resources and recommendations for how and why industry players can partner with MNH organizations—using a business-centric approach.


The Potential of Technology to Transform Maternal and Newborn Health: Reflections from a Gathering of Unlike Minds

This Q&A discussion features key leaders from different sectors examining the potential of innovative, appropriate tools to improve maternal and newborn health (MNH), as well as the business models that can effectively deliver these innovations to markets in Asia and around the globe. The conversation originally took place at a workshop of the 2010 Pacific Health Summit on Maternal and Newborn Health.


Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) through a Health Literacy Lens

This collection of thoughtful voices from leaders across sectors explores the key successes and challenges, and potential of partnerships, in promoting the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). The discussion originally took place at a workshop of the 2010 Summit on Maternal and Newborn Health.


Universal Health Coverage: A Sine Qua Non for Improved and Sustained Maternal and Newborn Health?

This collection of unique voices explores the challenges and promise of universal health coverage in the context of maternal and newborn health.


Maternal and Newborn Health: The Crux of a Decent Humanity (2010)

The 2010 Summit took place in London and addressed the theme “Maternal and Newborn Health: The Crux of a Decent Humanity.” The report summarizes the key discussions and impact of 2010 Summit.


Special Message to the 2010 Pacific Health Summit from General Ban Ki-moon


2010 Calls for Collaboration

This collection of Calls for Collaboration from the 2010 Pacific Health Summit represents one of the ways the Secretariat responded to the hopes and vision for what could be accomplished together at the Summit and beyond. It contains many of the Calls for Collaboration distributed at the 2010 Summit and it is our hope that they will continue to inspire dialogue and foster new partnerships beyond those gathered at the 2010 Summit.


Maternal and Early Childhood Health 

This is a summary of the Joint Frontiers Meeting co-hosted by the Wellcome Trust and The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).


2010 Summit Challenge

Global leaders share their vision for the 2010 Pacific Health Summit in this Summit Challenge.


The Business Case for Maternal and Newborn Health

The Business Case served as a catalyst for Summit discussions on industry engagement in maternal and newborn health.


Maternal and Newborn Health: A Vietnam Roundtable Discussion

This is a summary report from a roundtable discussion held in Hanoi that convened 27 of Vietnam’s leaders from civil society, public health, medicine, policy, industry, and academia to examine critical topics and priorities in maternal and newborn health in Vietnam.


A New Approach to Thinking Globally and Acting Locally

This thought piece was addressed to Summit participants by the Global to Local Health Initiative.

 

 

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Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
The critical problem of how to address the pernicious spread of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) was addressed through the 2009 Summit theme: “MDR-TB: Overcoming Global Resistance.” Over the course of two days, participants explored ways to strengthen existing approaches to basic TB control and MDR-TB management. The assembled quorum critically assessed the need to push staid TB technologies and treatments into the 21st century, noting the unexplored benefits that accelerated uptake of therapies like fixed-dose combination may provide. With high rates of discontinued medical treatment fueling MDR-TB prevalence, Summit participants discussed alternative delivery and oversight plans. Another top priority, eliminating the dearth of general awareness and funding compared to other diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria, was prevalent throughout the Summit.

Diagnosing Inaccuracy: New WHO Policy Shift to End Ineffective TB Practices

Why does TB continue to prevail around the world, and what are the implications of the recent WHO policy recommendation to ban blood tests to diagnose active TB? Dr. Mario Raviglione (Stop TB Department, WHO) addresses these questions and more, including what policymakers must do to curb the spread of TB.


Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Overcoming Global Resistance

The 2009 Pacific Health Summit was held in Seattle and addressed the theme “Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Overcoming Global Resistance.” The report summarizes the conceptual foundation, key findings, and impact of the 2009 Summit.


2009 Summit Challenge

This Summit Challenge presents the conceptual foundation for the 2009 Pacific Health Summit through brief essays by Michael Birt, Lee Hartwell, David Fleming, Peter Neupert, Mark Walport, and Tachi Yamada.


Tuberculosis—The Business Case: Moving Beyond the Status Quo

This document, which formed the foundation for discussions on new and ongoing public-private partnerships around TB at the 2009 Pacific Health Summit, outlines the ways in which the private sector is already effectively engaged in the fight against TB and could be even more so.


Statement by Paul Thorn for the 2009 Pacific Health Summit


President Jorge Sampaio’s Message to the 2009 Pacific Health Summit


Special Message to the 2009 Pacific Health Summit from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

 

 

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Nutrition
“The Global Nutrition Challenge” headlined as the 2008 Summit theme, focusing on the complex challenge of too little of the right nutrition for vulnerable populations and the rapidly emerging health threat of too much of the wrong nutrition in both developed and developing societies. The role of public-private partnerships emerged as an essential focus in the effort to ensure access to requisite sources of nutrition. Initiative for action was catalyzed through talk of how to utilize private industry’s unparalleled ability to reach vast populations, especially through food fortification and existing supply chains. Another key area of discussion was the critical challenge of ensuring a “healthy start” for children by stressing maternal and infant nutrition.

The Global Nutrition Challenge: Getting a Healthy Start

The 2008 Pacific Health Summit was held in Seattle and addressed the theme “The Global Nutrition Challenge: Getting a Healthy Start.” This report summarizes the conceptual foundation, key findings, and impact of the 2008 Summit.


2008 Summit Challenge

The 2008 Summit Challenge presents the conceptual foundation for this year’s Pacific Health Summit through brief essays by Michael Birt, Lee Hartwell, Mark Walport, and Tachi Yamada.


Obesity, Associated Diseases, and Personal Health: Addressing the Global Nutrition Challenge

This report is from the April 7, 2008, Summit Advance Workshop held in London, which convened 60 leaders from science, policy, public health, industry, and medicine to discuss the rapidly emerging threat of obesity and its associated diseases in both developed and developing societies.


Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses

This report is from the February 15, 2008, Summit Advance Workshop held in Tokyo, which welcomed 50 leaders from Japan and the international nutrition community to discuss the critical issue of global undernutrition.


Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses (Japanese translation)

This report (translated into Japanese) is from the February 15, 2008, Summit Advance Workshop held in Tokyo, which welcomed 50 leaders from Japan and the international nutrition community to discuss the critical issue of global undernutrition.


Scaling Up and Sustaining Nutrition Interventions: Lessons Learned from Success in the Asia-Pacific Region

This 2008 NBR Center for Health and Aging White Paper outlines experiences, opportunities, and lessons learned in scaling up interventions in the Asia-Pacific region to address the global burden of undernutrition.


Improving Nutrition: Early Childhood Development and Mobile Health

Millions of children suffer from stunted physical growth and impaired cognitive ability due to lack of nutrient rich foods. Experts from World Vision International discuss the importance of early childhood nutrition and recent developments in mobile technologies that may provide powerful solutions for undernutrition in resource poor settings.


Obesity Prevention and Control Efforts in Singapore: 2008 Case Study

This 2008 case study published by the National Bureau of Asian Research outlines policies and programs designed to prevent and control obesity and associated diseases in Singapore.

 

 

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Pandemics
In 2007, the Summit addressed the topic of “Pandemics: Working Together for an Effective and Equitable Response.” This interest dates back to the inaugural Summit in June 2005 when Jong-wook Lee, then Director-General of the World Health Organization, eloquently and passionately addressed the need for greater attention on the threat of a global avian influenza pandemic. The preparedness of manufacturers, the strength of existing infrastructure, supply chain management, and the repercussions of panic during a pandemic were among the issues at the epicenter of Summit discussions. Special emphasis was placed on the issue of developing and stockpiling pre-pandemic H5N1 vaccines.

Pandemic Flu Preparedness: How Far Have We Come in the Last Five Years?

How will recent developments in pandemic flu preparedness better equip high-risk countries, such as those in Southeast Asia, for future outbreaks? Dr. Peter Clevestig and Rachel Irwin of SIPRI address this and more, including the WHO’s new Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework and the interplay between human and animal health.


Pandemics: Working Together for an Effective and Equitable Response

The 2007 Pacific Health Summit held in Seattle addressed the theme “Pandemics: Working Together for an Effective and Equitable Response.” The report summarizes the conceptual foundation, key findings, and impact of the 2007 Summit.


Plenary 1 Summary

This is a summary of the 2007 Summit’s Opening Session, which addressed the question: Can emerging science and technology change the pandemic equation?


Plenary 2 Summary

This is a summary of a 2007 Summit session that addressed the following questions: How might new vaccine technology help us to meet the threat of a pandemic? How do we change our assumptions about prevention and preparedness to meet the emerging data?


Plenary 3 Summary

This is a summary of a 2007 Summit session that addressed the following question: What can our experience with other diseases and past pandemics teach us about preventing and preparing for the next pandemic?


Plenary 4 Summary

This is a summary of a 2007 Summit session that addressed the following question: What are the challenges that face industry and the private sector in terms of developing, manufacturing, registering, and delivering vaccines and other technologies that will help us prevent and prepare?


Plenary 5 Summary

This is a summary of a 2007 Summit session that addressed the following questions: How might emerging science change local, national, and global health policy? How should we collaborate to prevent and prepare for the next pandemic?


Plenary 6 Summary

This is a summary of the 2007 Summit session “Translating Policy into Action,” which addressed the following questions: How do we set out priorities to meet the challenges facing the global community? How do we finance new efforts to prevent and prepare?


Pandemic Influenza Vaccines: Building a Platform for Global Collaboration

This is a report from a January 2007 workshop that took place in Beijing and was co-presented by the Chinese CDC and the NBR Center for Health and Aging. A Summit 2006 plenary session on vaccines provided the foundation for these discussions.


An Avian Flu Pandemic: What Would It Mean, and What Can We Do?

This June 2006 launch publication for the Emerging Infections/Pandemics Lab grapples with questions surrounding the possibility of an avian flu pandemic through essays that reconsider the familiar concept of “national security” from the vantage point of public health and look at the implications of a pandemic on international politics and trade. Also included are essays that compare the private and public sectors and their respective roles and responsibilities in the event of a pandemic crisis.


Pandemic Preparedness and Health Information Technology and Policy

This is a report from a Breakout Session at the 2006 Summit.


Pandemic Flu Preparedness: How Far Have We Come in the Last Five Years?

How will recent developments in pandemic flu preparedness better equip high-risk countries, such as those in Southeast Asia, for future outbreaks? Dr. Peter Clevestig and Rachel Irwin of SIPRI address this and more, including the WHO’s new Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework and the interplay between human and animal health.

 

 

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Early Health
In 2006, the Summit continued its focus on emerging science and technology and its intersection with health policy, particularly in the area of “early health” and the value of early detection and intervention. Plenary sessions focused on cost-associative benefits of prevention-based health care, the antaean, pre-emptive value of vaccines, and the role that mobile technology, health information collection and sharing across networks, and other innovations have to play in streamlining care and reducing pecuniary burdens. Against the backdrop of the recent SARS and avian flu concerns, participants also met on the pressing question of how to prepare for the next pandemic.

Foreign Policy’s Pacific Health Summit Supplement

The supplement to the 2006 September/October issue of Foreign Policy magazine features Pacific Health Summit discussions and participants.


Chronic Neglect

This article in the 2006 September/October issue of Foreign Policy magazine examines the rise of chronic diseases in the developing world.


Pandemic Preparedness and Health Information Technology and Policy

This is a report from a Breakout Session at the 2006 Summit.


Pacific Health Summit Program Notes

The 2006 Pacific Health Summit was held in Seattle and continued the focus on emerging science and technology and its intersection with health policy, particularly in the area of “early health” and the value of early detection and intervention. This is a summary report by the NBR Center for Health and Aging on the 2006 Summit.


Lost in Translation: How Do We Prioritize So That Today’s Best Science Becomes Tomorrow’s Affordable Medicine?

This is a Breakout Session report from the 2006 Summit.


Fighting Fat—Preparing for the Global Obesity Epidemic

This is a Breakout Session report from the 2006 Summit.


Preparing for the Aging Challenge

This is a Breakout Session report from the 2006 Summit.


East Meets West – Staying Healthy vs. Curing Disease

This is a Breakout Session report from the 2006 Summit.


Responding to the Modern Lifestyle: A Personal Approach to Health Using Chinese Medical Sciences

This is a report from the October 15, 2007, Personal Health Workshop held in Beijing, which was co-presented by the NBR Center for Health and Aging, the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, and the Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine with support from Coca-Cola’s Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness, and Intel.


Integrating People and Approaches Toward Personal Health

This June 2006 launch publication for the Personal Health Lab examines the benefits of integrating Western and Eastern approaches to health and medicine as well as how that integration can occur at the government, cultural, and local levels, between doctor and patient.

 

 


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Summit Reports

2012 Summit Report: Game Changers—Affordability and Technologies for Health


2011 Summit Report: Vaccines—Harnessing Opportunity in the 21st Century


2010 Summit Report: Maternal and Newborn Health—The Crux of a Decent Humanity


2009 Summit Report: Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis—Overcoming Global Resistance


2008 Summit Report: The Global Nutrition Challenge: Getting a Healthy Start


2007 Summit Report: Pandemics—Working Together for an Effective and Equitable Response

 

 

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Health Information Technology (HIT) Case Studies and Reports
The Summit’s Health Technology lab highlights first-rate examples of creative and affordable technologies that are designed with their end populations and users in mind. It also explores the challenges surrounding the uptake of innovations, and the pervasive questions of how best to implement, incentivize, and effectively deploy new technologies for health.

Affordable Solutions: Strengthening Disease Prevention and Detection through Appropriate Technologies

Victor Shi, Asia Pacific President of QIAGEN, addresses disease prevention efforts in developing countries and underscores the economic case for utilizing new diagnostic technologies to drastically reduce disease and maximize country resources.


Technologies for Health: Assessing Affordability

How can policymakers accurately assess the affordability of health technologies? David Heymann (Center on Global Health Security, Chatham House) discusses the key challenges in assessing affordability and sheds light on the potential impact of Asia’s increasing growth in domestic R&D and manufacturing of health technologies on emerging markets.


Matching Realism with Aspiration: Challenges and Successes in the Use of Technology for Global Health

This roundtable discussion looks at why it is important to bring practical expectations to any discussion about technology’s potential to aid in global health.


APEC Health IT Report: Leveraging Advances in Health IT

“Leveraging Advances in Health IT” by the National Bureau of Asian Research highlights observations and recommendations from leaders gathered at the August 2009 workshop on how health IT can help combat infectious diseases and improve health care delivery in the Asia-Pacific.


Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development in Rural India

This 2008 NBR Center for Health and Aging Case Study explores the model and approach of one organization in India, the Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI), and provides a brief analysis of key lessons learned over the past few years.


2007 Health Information and Technology (HIT) Case Studies

The NBR Center for Health and Aging has updated and expanded its library of HIT case studies for 2007. Documents range from case studies of HIT adoption in different countries to overviews on key elements of HIT. Functional case studies are also included.


Focus India HIT Workshop report

This is a report from the February 2007 “Focus India HIT Workshop” held in Mumbai, India.


Information Technology: Advancing Global Health

Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft Corporation, illustrates how we can use HIT to address major challenges facing global health. May 2006


HIT Briefing Book, 2006

This publication presents diverse economy and functional case studies of HIT adoption, as well as overview summaries on key aspects of HIT.


From Bullet-Proof Examples to Policy and Practice

This is a report from the November 2006 HIT Lab workshop in Singapore.


Making the Case for HIT

This is a report from the April 2006 HIT Lab workshop in Tokyo.


Pandemic Preparedness and Health Information Technology and Policy

This is a report from a Breakout Session at the 2006 Summit.


Economy case studies provide a big-picture overview of HIT adoption in different economies, with information on who drives and pays for HIT, unique successes and barriers to implementation, and existing HIT policies.

Functional case studies provide a summary of projects that utilize IT to improve health and healthcare in a specific area. The documents discuss the scalability and transferability of each project, as well as implications for policy.

 

 

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Where We Go from Here

Since the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Summit Secretariat, concluded the annual meeting in 2012, we have shifted our focus from an annual meeting to more targeted work that builds on the Summit’s past themes and concrete outcomes. NBR continues to provide forums for decision-makers to grapple with problems and solutions, share best practices, and forge effective collaborations. Building on the momentum from Summit discussions and in response to the social scientific research needs identified by the decision-makers we convened, NBR has launched new research initiatives through its Center for Health and Aging