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Background

     The Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance (MBDS) consortium comprises six participating countries: Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and a growing number of development partners who together seek to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by outbreak-prone diseases in the sub-region. MBDS countries have been working together since 2001to progressively build local capacity, share information, and cooperate in outbreak response and pandemic influenza preparedness. The MBDS structure and governance include the Executive Board, comprised of a senior health official from each member country to provide guidance and oversight; Country Coordinators, who provide operational oversight; and the MBDS Coordinator, who coordinates communications and operations and manages administrative elements....Read More

     MBDS has built its work on the core values of mutual trust, transparency and cooperation. These core values have evolved over time to include greater attention to accountability, innovation, and learning based on incorporation of lessons from past experiences. In May 2007, Ministers of Health of the six participating countries signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to continue MBDS cooperation indefinitely. At approximately the same time, the World Health Organization's (WHO) revised International Health Regulations (IHR) came into effect. These regulations specify the obligations of countries to develop and maintain capabilities to detect, respond to and communicate about public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC); thus, they provide additional context for MBDS cooperation. MBDS is a pioneer of self-organized sub-regional disease surveillance networking and cooperation: The 2006-2007 MBDS multi-sector influenza country-level and regional pandemic preparedness exercises were the first of their kind in the world and drew attention to the emerging nature of sub-regional cooperation; a subsequent conference in Bellagio led to a Call for Action related to sub-regional surveillance networking, and a newer initiative that began in 2009, Connecting Health Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance, seeks to further strengthen sub-regional surveillance cooperation. MBDS has been an active participant in all of these efforts.

MBDS Region
Land area         : 2,570,426 sq km
Population        : 313,642,000                                                       ...Read More

Cambodia  
Land area         : 181,035 sq km
Population        : 14,100,000 (mid-2006)

Yunnan Province, China
Land area         : 394,000 sq km
Population        : 44,152,000 (2004)

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Land area         : 236,700 sq km
Population        : 48,890,000 (2004)

Lao PDR
Land area         : 237,000 sq km
Population        : 6,100,000 (mid-2006)

Myanmar
Land area         : 677,000 sq km
Population        : 51,000,000 (mid-2006)

Thailand
Land area         : 513,000 sq km
Population        : 65,200,000 (mid-2006)

Vietnam
Land area         : 331,691 sq km
Population        : 84,200,000 (mid-2006)

Sources: U.N. Human Development Report 2006, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Population Reference Bureau, Asian Development Bank Key Indicators Report, Yunnan Government.

REGIONAL HEALTH INFORMATION "MAY- 2014"

13th May 2014

New H7N9 infection, death cases, China

China:A new human H7N9 infection case has been reported in south China's Guangdong Province, provincial health authorities said Tuesday, which also confirmed that a patient with the bird flu virus died earlier this month. The new case is a 50-year-old man in Zhongshan City, who is in critical condition.... Read more


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