ECDC-ASEF workshop: Strengthening the link between emergency risk communication and preparedness planning


For the first time ECDC and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) jointly organise a capacity-building workshop to discuss the challenges of incorporating emergency risk communication in all aspects of public health emergency preparedness planning. The workshop ‘How can we be better prepared for the next global health threat - Planning and implementing emergency risk communication’ takes place during the 7th and 8th September in Stockholm and convenes over 60 public health experts from Asian and EU/EEA countries.​

The discussions will focus on strengthening the link between emergency risk communication and public health emergency preparedness planning, underlining the importance of integrating emergency risk communication into the preparedness plans. The workshop will further seek to identify the competencies (skills) needed to secure the implementation and subsequently what capacities (resources) and capabilities (knowledge) are required to ensure these skills.

Participants represent the different sectors involved in public health emergencies, including preparedness planning, risk communication and training. In addition, the workshop will include invited delegates from partner organisations such as the European Commission and WHO, as well as representatives from public health associations and non-governmental organisations.

ASEF is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation representing the 53 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partners; 20 Asian and 32 European (29 EU/EEA) countries, plus the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and the European Union. The meeting in Stockholm follows a series of workshops organised in previous years by ASEF’s Public Health Network in European and Asian countries that were focused on the challenges of risk communication.


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