Via The Scoop:
" Drawing on the lessons of responses to H5N1 avian influenza and H1N1 pandemic influenza, ministers and senior officials from more than 70 countries today agreed on the way forward in responding to avian influenza, preparing for pandemics and tackling newly emerging infectious diseases.
The Hanoi Declaration proposes a multi-sector array of national measures to keep a look out for new diseases that may cross from animals to humans and to deploy public health measures promptly against outbreaks. It calls for focused action at the interface between human, animal and environmental health systems, as well as continued efforts to reduce the extent of H5N1 and H1N1.
Countries and international agencies are urged to “remain vigilant with respect to emerging threats such as H5N1, pandemic H1N1, and other influenza viruses”.
The Declaration recognizes the necessity for continuing and strengthening international and regional cooperation against diseases for which there may be no human immunity and which can cross borders in a matter of days. It emphasizes the need, for effective communication between professionals and public, community engagement and for strengthened public health and veterinary systems. "