ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED)
On 12 November 2020, the ASEAN Leaders during the 37th Summit under the Chairmanship of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam announced the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED). ACPHEED will serve as a centre of excellence and regional hub to strengthen ASEAN’s regional capabilities to prepare for, prevent, detect and respond to public health emergencies and emerging diseases.
The proposal to establish the ACPHEED resulted from the Feasibility Study on the Establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases that was supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Further support from the Government of Japan amounting to 50 million US dollars will be committed to the operationalization of ACPHEED in 2021 once a host country among the ASEAN Member States is chosen. The establishment of the ACPHEED and relevant recommendations have been reported to the ASEAN Leaders as well as Japan’s Leader around the time of the 37th ASEAN Summit and its Related Meetings on 11-15 November 2020
Article is available for download on The ASEAN Magazine – Special Edition, November-December 2020, page 14-15.