Emergencies preparedness, response

Agenda (revised 13 May)

Tuesday 17 June

Morning plenary session
Session open to participants, observers and media
Response to SARS

9.00 OPENING CEREMONY
Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia
Dr Shigeru Omi, Regional Director, Western Pacific Region, WHO

9.45 Break

10.20 Global Response to SARS
Dr David Heymann, Executive Director, Communicable Diseases, WHO

10.40 Regional Response to SARS
Dr Hitoshi Oshitani, Regional Advisor, Communicable Diseases, Western Pacific Region, WHO

11.00 National Response to SARS: People's Republic of China
People's Republic of China - Mr Gao Qiang, Vice Minister of Health, Ministry of Health, Peoples Public of China

Hong Kong SAR - Dr Eng-kiong Yeoh, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food, Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR, China

11.30 National Response to SARS: Viet Nam
Professor Nguyen Van Thuong, Vice-Minister of Health

11.45 National Response to SARS: Singapore
Dr Tan Chorh-Chuan, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health

12.00 National Response to SARS: Canada
Dr Paul Gully, Senior Director General, Health Canada

12.15 National Response to SARS: USA
Dr Jim Hughes, Director, Centers for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

12.30 Lunch

Afternoon plenary session
Session open to participants, observers and media
Summary of current knowledge

14.00 Aetiology
Professor Malik Peiris, Department of Microbiology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China

14.15 Clinical Diagnosis and Management
Professor Joseph Sung, Professor of Medicine, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China

14.30 Laboratory Diagnosis
Dr. Klaus Stöhr, Communicable Diseases, WHO

14.45 Epidemiology for Public Health
Dr Aileen Plant, Western Pacific Region, WHO

15.00 Vaccine Development
Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Vaccines and Biologicals, WHO

15.15 BREAK

15.45 Possible Role of Animals
Dr Hume Field, Principal Veterinary Epidemiologist, Animal Research Institute, Queensland, Australia

16.00 Environmental Issues
Professor Thomas Tsang, Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR, China

16.15 Psychosocial Aspects
Professor Huang Yueqin, Director Mental Health, Institute of Mental Health, Peking University, Peoples Republic of China

16.30 Communicating Risk
Mr Dick Thompson, Communicable Diseases, WHO

16.45 CONCLUSION AND CLOSE
Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director General, WHO


Wednesday 18 June

Morning breakout groups
Session open only to invited participants
All 13 sessions run in parallel from 0900 to 1200 (Closed - invited participants only)

GROUP ONE: CAN SARS BE ERADICATED?

1. Epidemiology for Public Health
Chair: Dr Angus Nicoll, Director, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, Health Protection Agency, UK

2. Laboratory Aspects
Chair: Dr Jim Le Duc, Director, Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Communicable Disease Control, Atlanta, USA

3. Possible Role of Animals
Chair: Dr Hume Field, Principle Veterinary Epidemiologist, Animal Research Institute, Queensland, Australia

4. Environmental Issues
Chair: Dr Jamie Bartram, Water, Sanitation and Health, WHO

5. Modelling
Chair: Dr Nigel Gay, Health Protection Agency, UK

GROUP TWO: ARE CURRENT CONTROL MEASURES EFFECTIVE?

6. Clinical Management and Diagnosis
Chair: Dr Yee Sin Leo, Clinical Director of CDC, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

7. Reducing Transmission in Health Care Settings
Chair: Dr Cathryn Murphy , Manager, Sexual Health and Clinical Services, AIDS/Infectious Diseases Branch, New South Wales Department of Health , NSW, Australia

8. Blood Safety
Chair: Dr. Neelam Dhingra, Blood Safety and Clinical Technology, WHO

9. Reducing Community Transmission
Chair: Dr Rob Condon, Western Pacific Region, WHO

10. Preventing International Spread
Chair: Dr Ron St John, Director General, Health Canada, Canada

GROUP THREE: ARE CURRENT ALERT AND RESPONSE SYSTEMS SUFFICIENTLY ROBUST?

11. Surveillance and Response Coordination
Chair: Dr Ray Arthur, Associate Director Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA

12. Effective Communication
Chair: Dr Raili Suhaili, Deputy Director Health (Public Health), Malaysia

13. Preparedness
Chair: Dr Mohamed Patel, Western Pacific Region, WHO

Afternoon plenary session
Session open to participants, observers and media
Feedback from breakout groups
Conclusion: Where do we go from here?

14.00 Feedback from Group One

14.45 Feedback from Group Two

15.30 BREAK

16.00 Feedback from Group Three

16.45 CONCLUSION: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Dr David Heymann, Executive Director, Communicable Diseases, WHO

17.00 CLOSE
Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director General, WHO